Letter: See some sense and revise these High Green bus services
This letter sent to the Star was written by Jane Wigfield, Potter Hill Lane, High Green, S35
I am mailing on behalf of workers and High Green residents who will be starved of a bus service with this next round of bus time table changes starting September 1! I presume you are aware of the First bus reduction and stopping of the 1a, which will no longer ever serve High Green again, which was formerly a reliable early morning and later night service for workers from both Chapeltown and Sheffield City Centre!
Looking at the new timetables in addition to that the 135/135a will also no longer serve High Green from Sheffield City Centre after 17:20 weekdays with no 135/135a services on a Sunday what so ever! Weekdays this will terminate after 17:20 at Grenoside leaving High Green totally isolated. This is beyond a joke!
Early morning commuters towards the city centre not only will they be diverted via Upperthorpe but the service starts running too late for shift workers who previously started their journey to work before 05:30. In addition the ceasing of the 135 service to High Green after approx 6pm presents problems for workers and students from the Hillsborough college areas plus Sheffield Wednesday already struggling to sort their own ground existing policies have staff and fans who need to get home usually on the 22:30 or 23:30 135a buses, who now will be utterly stranded and workers may lose their jobs as a result. The buses currently are only once an hour so to keep this service running to High Green and keep residents in work can not be much out of the transport budget?
I work as a civil servant and we have recent employed persons on on early morning and late finish shifts and no consideration has been given to essential bus service links for people to earn a livelihood. The changes are extremely harsh and life threatening as some people will have to walk through country lanes to try and link with buses in Burncross to keep their employment.
I am hoping stagecoach will see sense and an opportunity to run buses after 9pm, seven days a week to High Green, this service reduction in addition to threatening livelihoods it's also affecting social communication at city centre theatres, cinema and concert events.
I am hoping someone somewhere will urgently see some sense and revise these High Green services ASAP