PENSIONERS on a Sheffield estate have mounted a campaign to save a lifeline bus route from being cut.
Bus operator Stagecoach is considering changes to the 120 route which serves the Westminster Estate in Lodge Moor, at the far west of the city.
For the last three years buses have made an extra loop at the end of the service, up Hallam Grange Road, along Redmires Road and down Crimicar Lane.
But now community leaders have been told the extra loop will be abandoned towards the end of July.
Nancy Grayson, committee member on Westminster Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “Most of the people who live on the estate are in their 70s or above, and that bus route has been a godsend.
“It takes you to the Hallamshire Hospital and into town and is frequent.They say we will still have the number 40 and the 51, but they don’t come down Crimicar Lane.
“Going to Redmires Road or Barncliffe Road is just too far if you find it hard to walk. Most people here don’t drive and rely on buses.”
Campaigners are compiling a petition against the changes, which they will present to Sheffield Council next month.
Fulwood Coun Janice Sidebottom, who is backing the campaign, said: “My main concern is people who need to travel to hospital and into town have a direct way of getting there.
“The 51 doesn’t go to the Hallamshire and the 40 stops a long way around the corner on Barncliffe Road.
“It’s not very far if you are young and fit but it’s a long way if you are elderly and have walking difficulties.”
Coun Sidebottom accepted there were complaints from some quarters when the 120 service was introduced in 2008, and admitted it did need modifying.
“Some people said there were too many buses coming through, and yes, if there’s a bus stop outside your house it must be annoying,” she said.
“We don’t need a bus every 10 minutes but we do need some provision along this service.”
David Young, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive director of customer experience, said the changes were part of a bigger city-wide reorganisation, but nothing had yet been confirmed.
He said: “Bus operators, including First and Stagecoach, have been working with SYPTE to look at ways we can improve bus services along key routes in Sheffield including the 120 route.
“We believe these improvements will benefit customers and we will be making an announcement before these changes come into effect at the end of July.”