Buses in Sheffield diverted until further notice due to 'repeated' vandalism and anti-social behaviour
Buses in Sheffield are being diverted in the evenings until further notice, after ‘repeated’ acts of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
First South Yorkshire said it had decided to divert its number 56 service away from the Wybourn area in the evenings until the matter is resolved, after trouble flared on nine consecutive days.
The operator announced yesterday, Sunday, March 28, at 4.45pm, that its number 56 buses would be diverted every evening in a one-way loop, via Park Square roundabout, Duke Street/City Road, Manor Lane, Maltravers Road and Cricket Inn Road back to Park Square roundabout.
Rob Hughes, operations director at First South Yorkshire, said: “Due to repeated acts of vandalism and anti-social behaviour over nine consecutive days in the Wybourn area of the city, we have taken the decision to divert our service 56 away from the area in the evenings to protect the safety and wellbeing of our drivers and customers.
“We are working closely with the police to try and apprehend the people involved but until the matter is resolved we will be continuing with the diversion that is in place.”
It is not the first time buses in the city have had to be diverted after coming under attack.
Last December, number 41 and 51 buses took a different route each evening for a whole week due to anti-social behaviour, with buses in Woodhouse village and Greenhill previously forced to divert.
Last month, a vandal was caught hurling a missile at a bus during an undercover police operation dubbed Trojan Bus carried out in Manor, Arbourthorne, Woodhouse and Westfield.