Sheffield OAPs stranded by roadworks

Coun David Baker
Coun David Baker

Elderly residents have been left ‘stranded’ after roadworks stopped bus services in a Sheffield suburb.

Work to upgrade roads in Worrall and Oughtibridge as part of the Streets Ahead highways improvement scheme is set to continue until next Friday.

But it means the 57 service is not operating in the village between 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays – leaving some residents stuck in their homes.

Mike Bancroft, aged 76, of Haggstones Road, said: “We have no buses for six hours a day unless we walk down to Middlewood Road in Oughtibridge, which is daft.

“It’s not as though we live on the flat, we live on a hill. The work has just finished outside my house, it does look better, but its bad that we have to put up with this.

“Some elderly people have been stuck in their homes.”

Stannington Coun David Baker said it was ‘unfair’ for residents to be stranded for more than a week and a bus service had been maintained even during the floods of summer 2007.

He added: “I don’t see why a compromise solution cannot be found.”

The council said it had worked closely with Amey and the Passenger Transport Executive, as well as councillors, to minimise disruption.

It said work times had been limited so pupils at Bradfield School were not affected and passholders could go to Hillsborough or the city centre at 9.30am.

Steve Robinson, head of highway maintenance for Sheffield Council, said: “The works that the Streets Ahead team are carrying out in Worrall on Haggstones Road is needed and we apologise for any inconvenience this is causing local residents.

“Works on this road have been limited to 9.30am to 3.30pm in order for the 57 bus to continue to operate in the village at peak times.

“We understand the Streets Ahead project does cause some disruption but we are doing everything possible to try to keep it to a minimum and keep buses running.”