Consultation prompts service amendments

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Bus operators, Sheffield City Council and SYPTE have carried out a promised consultation on plans to reroute some bus services in the city, an engagement with the public negotiated through the Sheffield Bus Partnership (SBP).

More than 1,000 replies and three petitions were received between July 25 and August 23. As a result of the feedback, amendments have been made to the proposed service changes.

SBP was launched last October, bus operating participants including First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach and Sheffield Community Transport. In its first nine months it has reversed the historic decline in bus patronage, with passenger numbers growing by more than 5% over the past three months.

Among proposed changes not going ahead are those to 13/13a services (replaced by an extended 66 service). Passengers said they preferred the existing service and it will remain unchanged. In addition the proposed changes to routes from Ecclesall Road to north west Sheffield – services 11, 12, 81, 82, 85 and 95 – will be reviewed at a later date.

First is to carry out further localised consultation on the 17, 20 and 20a services in south Sheffield to try to make sure these routes are meeting passengers’ needs. Any changes to these services will now be postponed until the end of January 2014.

Changes proposed by Stagecoach on routes SL1, 57 and 123 will be implemented at the end of October.