Sheffield buses taken out of action 'until further notice' after repeated acts of vandalism
A number of Sheffield buses have been taken out of action after being continually attacked and vandalised over the last month.
First South Yorkshire have revealed that alternative buses will now be used on the X1 service after repeated acts of vandalism on six of the vehicles.
The Streetdecks will now be removed 'until further notice' after the company were left with a shortage of buses to run the service for customers.
A First South Yorkshire spokesperson said: "Please note that from today (12 January) alternative buses will be used on the X1 service.
"Unfortunately we have had six of the usual X1 vehicles (known as Streetdecks) vandalised over the last month. The vandalism has resulted in a shortage of buses to run the X1 service for our customers and we have therefore made the decision to remove these vehicles until further notice.
"There has been an investment of over £6million in the X1 vehicles and it’s therefore extremely disappointing that there has been continued acts of vandalism. We would urge anyone who has witnessed these acts of vandalism to contact our customer services team, or South Yorkshire Police."
The X1 runs from Sheffield to Maltby, calling at Attercliffe, Carbrook, Meadowhall, Tinsley, Tembleborough, Rotherham, Herringthorpe and Wickersley.
This is not the first time vandals have attacked buses in Sheffield with many having to regularly divert from their route due to the issue.
In December, youths causing havoc around Butterthwaite Road, in Shiregreen, were blamed for buses in the area being re-routed.
Travel South Yorkshire tweeted: "Due to vandalism by youths in the vicinity of Butterthwaite Road Terminus buses to use Nethershire Lane in both directions missing out the problem area until approximately 8.30pm."
Although it is not clear how the buses have been vandalised, yobs in Sheffield have previously been reported for throwing stones at the vehicles.
In August, The Star reported how the number 75 and 76 bus services were re-routed for three nights running to protect passengers and drivers due to 'kids throwing objects at buses'.