Have Your Say: Quiz bosses over Sheffield bus service changes

Better co-ordination: Rival bus companies plan for a Sheffield Bus Partnership which will offer better tickets to use on all operators' services.
Better co-ordination: Rival bus companies plan for a Sheffield Bus Partnership which will offer better tickets to use on all operators' services.

BUS passengers in Sheffield will have the chance to quiz network bosses about proposed changes to services and improvements to tickets, writes Richard Marsden.

A Question Time-style debate is to take place in the city centre on Thursday, July 12, where people can quiz a panel made up of representatives from bus companies, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and Sheffield Council.

The event is part of consultation about plans for a Sheffield Bus Partnership, which aims to end ‘bus wars’ between rival companies on the most popular routes and offer better tickets which can be used on all operators’ services.

And today The Star is giving you the chance to have your say.

Tell us what you think of the proposals and how your bus service will be affected.

Leave a comment at the bottom of this story.

Email your comment to Richard Marsden at richard.marsden@thestar.co.uk.

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Trial schemes have already been operating on the 120 and 52 services.

Consultation on the proposed new arrangements, which involve a co-ordinated route network between operators, is due to end on Saturday, July 14, and transport bosses are urging as many people as possible to give their views, either by attending the debate, by email or in writing.

At yesterday’s full meeting of Sheffield Council, opposition Lib Dem Coun Anders Hanson, who represents Nether Edge, presented a petition from residents unhappy that Psalter Lane would be left without services under the new arrangements.

Ecclesall Lib Dem councillor Roger Davison also complained about how the current 84 route to Ringinglow is set to be lost.

The petition and complaint will now be taken into consideration in the consultation process.

David Young, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s director of customer experience, urged people to give their views adding: “It is your bus service so tell us what you think about our proposals.”

Dave Alexander, managing director for First in the North of England, said: “All the partners have worked hard to put this network of bus services together and we now need both community representatives and bus users to tell us how best we can serve them.”

Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We want to hear from as many people as possible during the consultation exercise - their valued contributions will help us to shape the future of bus networks in Sheffield.”

* The debate on Thursday, July 12, is from 5pm at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane. People are invited to submit up to three questions in advance about the Sheffield Bus Partnership proposals by email, no later than Tuesday, July 10 at 9am, to transport@sheffield.gov.uk.