Sheffield residents angered by new bus service

Opposition: Protestors at the proposed site of a new bus stop on Button Hill, Carterknowle.''                PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.

Opposition: Protestors at the proposed site of a new bus stop on Button Hill, Carterknowle.'' PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.

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RESIDENTS in a Sheffield suburb say plans to run more buses down a narrow street are a recipe for disaster.

People in Button Hill, Carterknowle, are outraged bus company Stagecoach plans to run number 83 buses up the road every 20 minutes.

A group of residents took to the streets to urge South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and Sheffield Council to think again, claiming the proposals could compromise safety.

They claim a consultation was not properly conducted and their objections have not been heard - and say many people only heard of the plans when they were a ‘done deal’.

Lorraine Gosnell, a project officer from Button Hill, said: “On one corner of Button Hill, where Mylnhurst School meets Woodholm Road, the congestion is particularly bad in the mornings when parents drop their children off, and again at the end of the day.

“The road abruptly narrows at this point to allow schoolchildren to safely cross the road. Routing a bus through every 20 minutes will present a risk for the school children, as well as being hazardous for other drivers.”

The group says drivers already double park on other sections of Button Hill making the residential street an unsuitable bus route.

They are also concerned about the environmental impact of the new route and claim there are already enough buses running along neighbouring roads which are far more suitable for such heavy, large vehicles.

Lorraine said: “We have also been angered by the so-called consultation process.

“Many residents don’t feel they were given enough time to register their opinions.

“Some residents were given less than 24 hours to respond and others only found out from other residents after the consultation period ended.”

Roy Mitchell, for SYPTE, said: “We will be monitoring the performance of the service and any operational issues that may arise.”