20 Aug 2018
Leading bus operator Stagecoach Yorkshire is making changes to bus services in Swinton and Kilnhurst following a public consultation with passengers, local councillors and John Healey MP.
Responding to a rise in flexible working arrangements and the declinein town centre footfall due to internet shopping, Stagecoach is making changes from September 1st..
John Young, Commercial Director at Stagecoach said: ““We held the consultation because changes were necessary to ensure the sustainability of the local bus network. The changes we will be making are as a direct result of the feedback we received from local residents and service users. We will always listen to our customers and their views have helped us shape our plans for bus services in the area.
“Over two thirds of respondents were either in favour of the introduction of the 218a service or said it would not affect them, so we are pleased to announce the introduction of this new service. The 218 will continue its current route, with the 218a following the same route as far as the junction of Kilnhurst Road, and then continuing onto Warren Vale roundabout and onto Wentworth Road to the junction of Celandine Road and then turning left. It will then join Wentworth Road at the junction of Highthorn Road where it will re-join the normal 218 route.The 218 service will operate every hour and run alongside the new 218a, offering a combined half-hourly service for most of the route.
“We asked for views on rerouting a service via the new housing on Carlisle Street, but as less than one fifth of respondents were in favour of this, we will not be making this change.
“Our 217 and 218 services are seeing a decline in usage due to factors including the growth of internet shopping – which means less footfall in town centres – and a rise in flexible working arrangements. As a result, the 217 service will no longer operate and will in part be replaced by the addition of a 107 service which will operate twice a day on Mondays to Fridays, maintaining links to Parkgate and Rotherham.
“One of the main points of feedback we received was that a service was crucial to the residents of Lime Groveand that removal of the 217 would have a negative effect on them. Due to the low numbers of people boarding in the Lime Grove area, we are unable to continue the service as it stood, but the new service 107 will run from Swinton Railway Station to Parkgate/Rotherham via Lime Grove to ensure that residents still have access to a service.”
The consultation was held between April and June this year.