Bus change set to ‘cut off’ Sheffield neighbourhood

Unhappy residents make their feelings known at the number 20 bus terminus on Thorpe House Avenue, Norton Lees.
Unhappy residents make their feelings known at the number 20 bus terminus on Thorpe House Avenue, Norton Lees.

Around 70 pensioners showed strength in numbers as they battled against bus service changes in their Sheffield neighbourhood.

Residents of Norton Lees are unhappy about alterations to the numbers 20 and 20A, and 17 services, which currently provide a regular link to Heeley Green, Woodseats and the city centre.

Elizabeth Grant, a retired teacher who lives on Hollythorpe Rise, said: “Under planned changes from October, the 17 bus which currently runs every half hour will not serve our road.

“The replacement number 19 service will only run five times a day. People will be cut off.

“The doctors at Heeley Green has hundreds of patients from Norton Lees - how will they be able to get to the surgery easily?”

John Brown, chairman of Norton Lees Residents’ Association, added: “Proposed changes to the 20 and 20A bus route will cause problems for local residents.

“As I understand it the 20 will continue to go up Derbyshire Lane, Norton Lees Road and Warminster Road to reach Hemsworth.

“The 20A, however, will go along Valley Road and through the Meersbrook area. The regular bus up Scarsdale Road will cause problems. A lot of people in Norton Lees use Woodseats shopping centre and need the bus.”

Sheffield Bus Partnership, the venture between First and Stagecoach, said it will take the residents’ concerns into account as part of consultation into timetable changes.