Louise has today written to South Yorkshire Passenger Executive to express her concern over the changes to the bus timetables, which is causing a great deal of concern for many of her constituents and contributing to a poor experience on public transport.
Louise has set out her serious concern around punctuality; overcrowding and lack of capacity on services across the constituency, and particularly on the 76 & 86; changes to early morning services meaning they cannot get to work; the replacement of the 53, 87, 19, 20a and 51 service meaning extension to journeys of up to 30 minutes for some.
Louise has stressed that the changes have meant that her constituents face a much worse bus service than before: with many people reporting that their jobs are now at risk because the bus does not arrive on time for their journey to work; parents who have said they now struggle to reach school gates on time due to buses that did not arrive; and the elderly people who have got in touch to say that they can no longer make vital journeys to doctors and shopping areas—and feel that they have lost their independence.
Louise has called on the Transport Executive to set out what steps will be taken to resolve the current chaos and the timescale for the implementation of any changes to the timetable.
Louise has called on the Transport Executive to urgently address the weaknesses in the consultation process which has led to the chaos on bus services across Sheffield and her frustration that concerns from herself and constituents about the effect of the changes have not been properly taken into account.
She looks forward to receiving a response she can share with constituents.
The letter is duplicated below.