£6,000 bus stop built on South Yorkshire road - with no bus routes

Residents of a South Yorkshire village have been left baffled after a blundering council built a brand new bus shelter – on a road with no public transport.

Friday, 17th May 2019, 10:36 am
The bus stop which has been built on a Maltby road with no bus routes. (Photo: SWNS).

The twice-daily bus service running along a street in Maltby, Rotherham was axed in March.

But that didn’t stop officials spending £6,000 of taxpayers’ money on a shelter with seats and a roof in May.

Red-faced council chiefs have since apologised for the gaffe and have had to attach a sign, reading: ‘Please note that this bus stop is no longer in use.’

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Tickhill Road resident Donna Marie Hallam, said: ‘About two weeks ago I came home and saw eight workmen putting a new bus shelter up.

‘At the time I didn’t know the route had stopped but before that buses only came down the road twice a day so it wouldn’t have been worth spending £6,000 on a stop.

‘When I found out the route had stopped altogether, I couldn’t believe it, I just thought ‘what a complete waste of money’.

‘There are so many important things to spend money on but they go and blow thousands on this.’

The shelter will now be removed and reinstalled elsewhere.

Pat Woodhouse added: ‘What a waste of money, with the new time table it’s pointless.

‘It would be better off somewhere a bus stop serves the local community.’

The shelter was erected by workers from the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), which is supervised by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.

A SYPTE spokesman said plans for a new shelter on Tickhill Road were put in place as part of an agreement between the authority and a property developer.

At the time of the deal, officials hadn’t yet arranged for a bus route to be moved from the residential road, the spokesman added.

They said: ‘We are reviewing our installation processes to prevent this, where possible, from happening again.’ The shelter is now set to be removed and installed in a nearby street that does have a bus service.