Plans to retain threatened bus service

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TRANSPORT officials are understood to be considering plans to save a threatened bus service – after a public outcry.

Some 600 people have signed a petition calling for the Number 4 service along Cemetery Road and Psalter Lane, in Nether Edge, to be retained.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive is currently reviewing a huge number of comments about a planned shake-up of the network as part of the Sheffield Bus Partnership scheme.

The initiative involves bus companies and the executive working together to provide services and shared tickets which can be used on all services in the city.

The current plans involve axing the Number 4 due to poor usage - but Nether Edge residents say the reason so few people are using the bus is because it is unreliable.

The Star understands officials are now looking into the feasibility of using public money to fund the service on a not-for-profit basis.

It would be put out to tender for an operator to run it to an agreed level of service.

Service Number 10, between Upperthorpe and Manor Park, is currently operated on a similar basis, along with several other routes where there is deemed to be a ‘social need’ for a bus, even if it attracts too few passengers to make a profit.

Residents say cutting the route without a replacement would cause difficulties because the walk to nearby services on Ecclesall Road is steep.

SYPTE is to reveal changes as a result of its consultation at the start of August.