Low floor buses campaign pays off on key route

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A LONG-running campaign for low-floor buses to be installed on a main bus route has paid off.

Residents, along with Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith, have lobbied First for years to use the more modern vehicles on the four services it runs between Sheffield and the Stocksbridge area - bus numbers 57, x57, 58 and 58A.

Low floor buses are easier for elderly people and those with wheelchairs and buggies.

Now, the company has announced it is putting seven low-floor single deckers on the services after discussions with Ms Smith and Stocksbridge Town Council.

They replace older style ‘step entrance’ buses that had been used and which are now being taken out of service by First as part of its plans to make its entire fleet low floor.

Ms Smith said: “On behalf of my constituents I would like to thank First for making these changes to the type of buses being used on routes to Stocksbridge.

“I hope this move, which should benefit many, including the elderly, the disabled and young parents, will generate an increase in bus patronage, as customers tell me they want better buses.“

First is now urging people in the Stocksbridge area to try out its buses and to give them feedback on the changes.

Phil Robinson, Operations Director for First in South Yorkshire, said: “We are happy to place newer low floor buses into the Stocksbridge area. We have listened to the views of Angela Smith MP and Stocksbridge Town Council and we are now urging locals to try out these buses and let us know what they think.”