Users of the TM Travel operated 76a Bus in Chancet Wood are frequently experiencing excessive short notice delays and cancellations.
The 76a service is a lifeline for many residents across Chancet Wood to access essential services, visit friends and family and attend appointments.
Local Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley and Shadow Secretary for Transport, Louise Haigh, has been contacted by many residents that have been unable to use this bus route.
Since 2010, South Yorkshire has experienced a 48% cut in bus funding from the Conservative Government that has directly contributed to the cutting of bus services, like the 76a.
One resident reported to Louise that because of the 76a bus not running all day, they were unable to get a new asthma inhaler before Christmas.
Another elderly resident using a 76a coach replacement had to stow their walker in the luggage space under the bus and had to be assisted up 5 steps to access the coach.
Louise Haigh MP for Sheffield Heeley Said:
“Unfortunately, these appalling examples are the reality of lifeline bus routes across Sheffield which are still under private diktat.
“Residents should not have to fear they may not be able to access essential medication or appointments because of private operators putting profit before people without delivering the services.
“This is an unsurprising consequence of the Tory Government’s atrocious bus strategy that has resulted in deregulation and decline for bus services across Sheffield.
“Labour will reform our broken bus system and put people before profit with our bus reform plan by allowing communities to Take Back Control of bus services and franchise bus services to every community, giving them the power to set routes, fares and services and plan the network in the interests of residents.
“I have raised this with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and urged them to act against the operators that are failing to provide a reliable 76a service.”
You can report issues and your experience with the Sheffield bus network via my Better Buses app and this information will be used to hold the operators to account.