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Angela's fury at bus cuts

Angela Smith has reacted with anger at the latest round of bus cuts in north Sheffield. Many services have seen the removal of buses from next month, with Stocksbridge, High Green and Crookes seeing the removal of 1 bus per hour.

This is even more disappointing when it is considered that recently, for the time in many years, bus patronage actually increased in south Yorkshire.

Commenting on the changes announced by First Buses, Angela said,
“I am extremely disappointed that once again the bus operators are announcing bus cuts. At a time when we should be encouraging more people to catch buses, these companies seem intent on reducing capacity.

“I have written to First Buses to express my dissatisfaction with the situation, asking for a re-think.

“I have also written to the PTE, asking that plans be brought forward to re-regulate bus services in Sheffield as soon as possible. It is now clear that the only way we are going to stop these sorts of unilateral cuts in services is if local authorities take much more control over services.

“Now we have the necessary legislation in place it is incumbent on local authorities to do just this, and to do it quickly.”

Full list of alterations to bus services from July 2009
Bus service changes to take effect from Sunday 19th July / Monday 20th July

• Service 57/58/58A (Stocksbridge): New direct service X57 replaces 57A. Revised frequency & route changes on 57/58/58A (overall 4 buses per hour to 3)
• Service 84 (Ringinglow): Revised route
• Service 86 (Fulwood): Cancelled, alternative services on Fulwood Road & Ecclesall Road
• Service 52 (Crookes/Woodhouse): Revised frequency after 9pm (5 buses per hour to 4)
• Service 6 (Darnall): Revised frequency and route to serve Poole Road and Arundel Gate in the City Centre (3 buses per hour to 2)
• Service 11/12 (Stannington): Revised Saturday frequency (8 buses per hour to 6)
• Service 77/78 (High Green): Revised frequency (4 buses per hour to 3)
• Service 13/14 (Wisewood/Loxley-Woodhouse): New route from Wisewood/Loxley to City only
• Service 22 (Nether Edge-Wybourn): New route from Nether Edge to Woodhouse
• Service 56: New route City - Wybourn
• Service 41 (Halfway): Revised frequency
• Service 42 (Crystal Peaks/Hallamshire Hospital): Revised route to serve Dyke Vale Road & Silkestone Road
• Service 44: New service City - Birley
• Service 94 (Birley-Walkey): Replaced by 44 (Birley) & 95 (Walkley)
• Service 95 (Dyke Vale Road-Walkley): New route City - Walkley only
• Service 1 (Outer circle): Replaced by new service 1 (City-Norfolk Park-Hillsborough) & new service 3
• Service 2 (Outer circle): Route & timetable change to operate City-Meadowhall-Crystal Peaks
• Existing Service 3 (Millhouses): Cancelled, alternative service 97/98 to Millhouses
• New service 3 will operate City-Norton Lees- Chancet Wood-Jordanthorpe- Meadowhall.
• Service 4 (Meadowhall-Millhouses): City-Meadowhall section replaced by service 2
• Service 33 (Hillsborough-Jordanthorpe): City-Hillsborough part replaced by 20A & revised 85. City - Jordanthorpe will be served by new service 3
• Service 7 (Shirecliffe/Darnall): Replaced by service 85 & new service 3
• Service 85 (Millhouses): Revised route to operate Shirecliffe - City – Millhouses

Issued : 15 June 2009

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