Anger as bus companies announce devastating plan to cut services in South Yorkshire by a third

Sheffield and Rotherham are set to see cuts from July 24 and more cuts are expected when government-issued Covid-19 subsidies end in October.

A tender procedure, which took place this week, stated that a number of services in Sheffield and Rotherham had been partially or completely shut down.

South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppardd said he was outraged by the decision and accused the central government of facilitating the “biggest and most damaging budget cuts in a generation”.

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Plans to stop bus services start in Sheffield and Rotherham on 24 July.

He has asked for £85million over the next three years to keep the services afloat while council leaders explore a franchise model.

Private operators have come under increasing pressure as patronage is still not back to pre-Covid levels and plans to cut revenue after October when government subsidies end.

Sheffield Chamber interim director Louisa Harrison-Walker said that if London were faced with the closure of the Jubilee, Central and Circle lines, “there would be a national outcry”.

South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppardd said he was outraged by the decision and accused the central government of facilitating the “biggest and most damaging budget cuts in a generation”.

The following routes do not have a provider:

Service 32/32a Sheffield – Firth Park – Parson Cross : The entire service will be withdrawn.

Service 135/135a Rotherham – Sheffield via Chapeltown: Early morning, evening and Saturday/Sunday services are withdrawn.

Service 208 Whiston – Sheffield: The last evening trip from Sheffield – Whiston is withdrawn. The Sunday day shift is withdrawn.

Service X74 Sheffield – Tinsley Park: Some early morning and evening runs are withdrawn.

Service 73: Early morning, evening and Sunday services between Rotherham and Treeton are withdrawn.

Service 114: Early morning and evening services between Rotherham and Herringthorpe are withdrawn.

Service 116: Early morning, evening and Sunday services between Rotherham, Thrybergh and Ravenfield are withdrawn.

Service 135/135a: Early morning, evening and Saturday/Sunday services between Rotherham and Thorpe Hesley plus connections to Chapeltown will be removed.

Service 208 Whiston – Sheffield: The last evening trip from Sheffield – Whiston is withdrawn. The Sunday day shift is withdrawn.

South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard said: “We are now facing the imminent threat of the biggest and most damaging austerity measures in a generation.

“People in Sheffield and Rotherham will bear the brunt of these brutal cuts, initially next month when private bus companies withdraw services on the less profitable routes.

“On my first morning as Ayor, I wrote to the Prime Minister urging him to urgently fulfill his promise to take our country to the next level. I made it clear that investing in our buses is essential for our region to thrive.

“Yet, despite the government’s promises, we are far from seeing a dramatic improvement in public transport, which would put us close to a London-style connection. We are facing a dramatic cut in funding, with devastating consequences for our communities.”

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