A CONCESSION to keep the last bus to a rural suburb of Sheffield in a shake-up of the city’s network has been welcomed.
The 84 service to Ringinglow was set to be withdrawn in alterations proposed as part of a new voluntary partnership of operators and officials working together.
But thanks to people power it is one of five services where the proposals have been changed after South Yorkshire Transport Executive chiefs listened to feedback.
First have agreed to provide two school journeys a day while tenders are being sought to maintain the present service.
Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said his party collected a petition of nearly 100 signatures opposing the withdrawal.
“Many residents were seriously concerned about the negative social impact the withdrawal of the last remaining service would have had.
“It is vitally important we have a local bus service that offers decent provision across the network, rather than one which simply cherry-picks the most profitable routes whilst leaving other areas in isolation,” said Mr Clegg.
Discontinuing the 77 service from city to Chapeltown is one of the proposals still under review after 400 people spoke out about it.
Katy Cobham, of Grenoside, said residents hoped the service would stay and would be improved to match that in other areas of Sheffield like Bents Green.
She said: “The people who use the 77 tolerate a disgraceful service already and they could be about to change that.
“I just hope there is a service left full stop as on a Saturday evening, if the last bus is at 6.50pm, do people have to stay in?”
On Twitter Elizabeth Frampton said it was ‘good news for passengers’.
She said: “I had complaints for the 51 service and hope this bad service improves.”