Steel City derby: bus services bolstered due to planned rail strike

Bus services in Sheffield will be bolstered for the Steel City derby next Friday due to concerns over the impact of a planned rail strike.

Sunday, 7th January 2018, 1:22 pm
Updated Sunday, 7th January 2018, 1:25 pm
Action from the season's first Steel City derby (photo: Steve Ellis)

Northern Rail employees are among workers from five rail operators due to stage fresh walkouts this Monday, Wednesday and Friday amid an ongoing dispute over plans for driver-only trains.

Northern has said it will run more than half its normal timetable on those days, but most of those services will run between 7am and 7pm.

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The match at Bramall Lane, where Sheffield Wednesday will seek to avenge their defeat by the Blades earlier this season, is not due to kick-off until 7.45pm.

Bus operator First South Yorkshire expects demand to be particularly high due to the derby coinciding with the rail strike.

As a result of the anticipated extra demand for the 10.32pm X5 departure from Sheffield to Dinnington, it is providing an extra X5 bus leaving Sheffield for Aston at 10.27pm.