Existing bus to be re routed through Swallownest and Aston to Crystal Peaks after 27 service axed
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The 21 service has replaced the 26, 27 and 29 which were commercial bus routes previously operated by First, and the SYMCA [South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority] are now having to fund partial replacements for.
Councillor Lindsay Pitchley, who represents Aughton and Swallownest on Rotherham Council, said that residents have been in ‘uproar’, and asked if the service could be reinstated.
However, Nathan Broadhead, partnership and development manager at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, told a meeting of the transport advisory group that ‘we simply cannot afford an extra bus’.
“SYMCA are now spending £21m where we used to spend £7m on public services, so we’re buying back the vast majority of the south Rotherham bus network.
“There is an option to look at re-routing service 26, so that the journeys on service 26 that normally run to Wales before going to Thorpe Salvin could go via Swallownest first.
“Probably in January we are looking at options to reinstate something for Crystal Peaks from the Swallownest/Aston area.
“It won’t be all the way from Rotherham, but we may be able to link the 26 in through Swallownest.”
Mr Broadhead added that the re-routed service may not be able to serve Killamarsh, as Derbyshire buses already serve the route.