Sheffield bus cuts campaigns gather pace as Star poll says most oppose changes

Buses, the threatened no. 70
Buses, the threatened no. 70
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Most Sheffield people are against planned changes to bus services in Sheffield, a Star poll shows today.

Campaigns against proposals in the city-wide review - which will replace, withdraw or revise the routes of dozens of bus services - are growing as consultation nears its final week.

In the poll on The Star’s website, 167 people, or 81 per cent, said they did not support the changes.

Another 39 people, or 19 per cent, said they did support the plans.

More than 100 people have also signed a petition against the proposed withdrawal of the SL2 Supertram link service which connects Stannington with the Malin Bridge tram.

Campaign organisers from the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, who are running the campaign, say the SL2 should be extended as it is ‘vital’ for the elderly and disabled.

The Sheffield Bus Partnership says the 81 will continue to provide a service every 20 minutes between Stannington and the city centre, and every 10 minutes between Stannington and Hillsborough, in an ‘improved’ service as it removing the need to transition to the Supertram network for one stop.

But TUSC says this could end up costing passengers more, as the tram is run by Stagecoach and the 81 by First, and some parts of Stannington will lose their service.

Elsewhere, services affected include the 70 from Dore, which will no longer visit the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, plus the 19 and 20 services in Norton Lees are to be reduced from every half hour to every hour due to low passenger numbers.

The 84 is to be withdrawn from Wisewood and Loxley for the same reason.

Readers in Foxhill, Longley, Shirecliffe and Lowedges have said their services would be affected negatively.

One wrote: “I do believe some services need some improvements which put more bottoms on seats and give greater profits, cutting entire estates off the network is not going to do it and neither is cutting off entire sections of the city from easy access to hospitals.”

Former bus driver Mick Daniels of Firth Park, queried why some buses would have their numbers changed ‘after years, when people are used to them.’

The consultation runs until next Friday, July 31, and 800 people have taken part.

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