I have been shocked to learn of plans by the private bus companies to change several routes – including the 56 and 1a – which residents of Heeley and Gleadless Valley rely on. I am concerned that these changes will reduce the quality of services in the local area.
The Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Labour’s Dan Jarvis, has the power to introduce London-style bus franchising – where the mayor instructs the bus companies to follow the routes that passengers need.
We want to let him know that people in our local area will back him 100% in using these powers to protect valued routes like the 56 and 1a.
Will you take the time to let Dan Jarvis know that he has our support in introducing London-style bus franchising? Please consider sending the below text by email to Mayor@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk.
Dear Mayor Jarvis,
RE: Help Protect the 56 and the 1a Buses
My local councillors and MP recently called round about the changes to bus services in our local area, and I wanted to write and let you know of my concerns.
The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has set out plans to reduce services locally, axing 1A and 56 routes.
These are popular services that link Heeley and Gleadless Valley to the city centre, and many residents have come to depend on them.
Will you please support our call to protect current services?
But we know that if we are to see bus services led by the needs of people, not profit, we need to see big changes in the way our bus network is organised.
You have my full support to introduce London-style bus franchising so that our bus network is drawn up democratically, not commercially.
Please can you keep me up to date on your plans for our bus services.