Joy as bus route spared the axe

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PROTESTERS have welcomed a U-turn from bus bosses on a decision to axe a Sheffield service.

Residents of High Green welcomed the news that the under-threat number 66 service to Rotherham will be replaced with an alternative.

The news comes following weeks of campaigning against proposals to scrap the service, which saw 1,000 people sign a petition to keep it running.

Students from Thomas Rotherham College and Rotherham College of Arts and Technology played a key role in the campaign as they feared the removal of the number 66 would mean they could not travel direct for study.

The new service, the number 13, will take around 15 minutes longer than the previous route.

But Jane-Marie Bellamy, of High Green Action Team, said: “I’m delighted that the link to Rotherham has been saved. The bus provides a vital service to High Green – particularly the elderly and students.

“We’ve not been able to save the whole service as we would have liked but I’d still like to thank everyone who signed our petition and the councillors and local people who supported our campaign.”

Mrs Bellamy raised her concerns over the introduction of the number 13 at Sheffield Council’s cabinet meeting.

Coun Trevor Bagshaw, local Liberal Democrat councillor for West Ecclesfield, said: “These new proposals are far from perfect but I’m glad that concessions have been granted to High Green residents, particularly the students who rely on public transport. The bus companies have listened to the overwhelming voice of local people.”