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05 Apr 2016
Changes designed to improve bus services in Barnsley and the Dearne Valley are set to be introduced by leading operator Stagecoach Yorkshire from Sunday 15 May with the aim of improving punctuality across several major services.
As a result of feedback from Stagecoach customers, some services will operate revised timetables to improve punctuality, including service 1 Barnsley to Staincross, service 12 from Barnsley to Athersley South and services X26 and X27 from Barnsley to Wombwell and Grimethorpe.
Services 20, 21 and 21a between Barnsley and Penistone will see minor timetable changes. The 07:27 service 20 from Barnsley to Penistone will now depart at 07:25 and be allowed more time to Penistone. The Saturday 06:07 service 20 and 06:37 service 21 journeys from Barnsley to Penistone will be withdrawn due to low passenger usage and withdrawal of SYPTE funding. On service 21a, the 23:10 (23:02 on Sundays) from Barnsley to Penistone will terminate at Silkstone Common due to low passenger usage and withdrawal of SYPTE funding.
Service 42 from Doncaster to Scawsby will be withdrawn after operation on Saturday 14 May. Customers wishing to travel to Scawsby can still use the X19 to and from Doncaster or the First service 41 in Scawsby.
Timetables for services 43/44 Barnsley to Kingstone Circulars will be revised at peaks to improve punctuality, as will some peak hour journeys on the 57/59 Barnsley to Royston/Wakefield services. Following customer requests, the 17:55 weekday service 57 Barnsley to Royston and the 18:26 return journey will operate as service 59. The Saturday 07:00 Barnsley to Royston will be withdrawn due to low passenger usage and withdrawal of SYPTE funding.
The timetable for service 67 Barnsley to Wombwell will be revised at peak journey times to improve punctuality, as will timetables throughout the week on Rawmarsh Circles 108/109.
The 22:35 Rotherham to Goldthorpe journey on service 218 Barnsley to Rotherham will terminate at Mexborough all week due to low passenger usage and withdrawal of SYPTE funding.
Service 216 Wombwell to Grimethorpe will have a reduced timetable, with the morning and evening trips replaced by journeys on service 219 to better cater for demand to and from XPO Logistics at shift change times.
Following customer requests, the 08:55 219 service from Barnsley and 13:55 from Doncaster will both operate via Cadeby Village on Mondays to Fridays.
Following customer feedback and to improve connections at Manvers shift change times, some journeys on service 220 will be retimed. The 22:30 Cortonwood to Conisbrough journey will be withdrawn due to low passenger usage and withdrawal of SYPTE funding.
After requests from customers, the 23:05 departure from Rotherham on service 221 will be extended to Mexborough, Windhill every evening.
On service 222, Barnsley to Mexborough, the weekdays 05:53 Mexborough to Barnsley journey will start from Wath at 06:21, and the Saturday 07:00 Barnsley to Mexborough journey will be withdrawn due to low passenger usage and withdrawal of SYPTE funding.
There will be also be minor timetable revisions on the service X19 Barnsley to Robin Hood Airport.
Service 228, Rotherham to Wath, is being withdrawn with alternative facilities available on services 22x, 22a and 22c.
The N27 Barnsley to Grimethorpe night bus will be withdrawn due to low usage.John Young, commercial director, Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “Many of the alterations we are making are based directly on feedback from our customers and front line staff. We continually monitor our services to ensure we can run punctually. Listening to our customers helps us to further improve our offer.”