Bus investigation follows complaint

Dore resident Colin Robinson (l) with Liberal Democrat councillors Colin Ross (r) and Joe Otten are complaing about the reliability about the number 70 bus service. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dore resident Colin Robinson (l) with Liberal Democrat councillors Colin Ross (r) and Joe Otten are complaing about the reliability about the number 70 bus service. Picture: Andrew Roe

A bus passenger has sparked a Government investigation into the punctuality of a Sheffield bus service.

Retired accountant Colin Robinson was so incensed by the number 70 turning up late, being cancelled or not showing that he complained to a traffic commissioner.

The Driver and Vehicle Services Agency will now investigate the reliability of the service, which was extended to Catcliffe, Rotherham, by operator First.

Colin, of Causeway Head Road, Dore, said: “It seems as if when they have a problem manning buses the number 70 is the first to be dropped.”

A meeting was held with First last year, with timetable tweaks and another review in March promised.

Dore and Totley Coun Colin Ross said: “It is not a heavily-used bus service but that is self-fulfilling - the service is so bad people don’t want to use it.”