People power helps save community bus service

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GET on the bus!

That’s precisely what shoppers visiting the Morrisons store at Catcliffe are doing after people power saved a much-loved community bus service.

The community bus, which has served the Darnall area for years, collects older and disabled residents from their estate and takes them to the Morrisons for their weekly shopping.

Now bus users have helped to make sure the service continues after the local community assembly and supermarket stepped in to help fund the much-needed community bus.

The East Community Assembly has given £1,000 to help pay for the service, which was matched with a similar amount from Morrisons.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, who is Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for communities and inclusion, said: “Local people have used the community bus for some years and it means they can get to the supermarket and also enjoy the social occasion.

“Local MP Clive Betts contacted Morrisons asking for their support to make sure this service was able to continue operating.

“Their support and assembly funding means it will now carry on.

“I am very pleased and I will continue to work with the group and assist in any way I can.”

Store general manager Alan Hill added: “We’re pleased to be helping to keep this vital service running.”

Users have also agreed to double the fare to £2 to make sure the service can afford to keep running.

The bus will continue to run on a Friday morning, picking up from the Halsall Road and Poole Road areas and the Greenlands Estate.