Campaign to reinstate axed buses

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A PETITION signed by more than 160 people has been handed to transport chiefs calling for bus services to be restored through a Sheffield housing estate.

Residents of Lower Arbourthorne say they have been left cut off after South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive stopped subsidising the number 43 service, operated under contract by TM Travel, through the area.

Mavis Sheehy, of Lichford Road, Arbourthorne, said: “Some pensioners are literally prisoners in their own homes because the hills are very steep and they are unable to walk up them.”

Mrs Sheehy, who has sent copies of the petition to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and bus companies First and Stagecoach, said she hoped a service could be reinstated ‘before the winter sets in’.

She said the introduction by Stagecoach of its high-frequency 79 service, which partially duplicates the old 43, had made the subsidised service unviable.

Mrs Sheehy is calling for one 79 bus an hour to be re-routed through Lower Arbourthorne.

Pam Horner, external relations manager of SYPTE, said she would raise the residents’ request with the firm.