Dearne bus service shake-up

MP John Healey talks to members of the public on Cherry Tree Park, of Wath about the proposals about the new bus route. Picture: Andrew Roe
MP John Healey talks to members of the public on Cherry Tree Park, of Wath about the proposals about the new bus route. Picture: Andrew Roe

Details of the biggest changes to bus services in the Dearne Valley for almost 20 years have been announced by operator Stagecoach Yorkshire.

From Saturday, July 20, the company will be making a number of changes to its network in the area. It follows feedback received from customers, members of the public and stakeholders.

Some of the proposals have caused controversy among passengers, such as plans to re-route the 229 service which connects Rotherham, Wath, Wombwell and Barnsley.

Around 100 people signed a petition against the move, supported by John Healey MP, pictured, but transport bosses have insisted people will be better served by the new timetable. Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We have taken on board the suggestions we received from the public and used these to develop the new services, frequency changes and route extensions.”

The 220 (Doncaster – Mexborough – Wath – Wombwell) will now extend from Wath to Cortonwood via Manvers Way, Old Moor, Park Street, Wombwell High Street, Main Street, Wombwell Rail Station and Dearne Valley Parkway. It will also provide a new hourly evening and Sunday service.

Earlier buses will run from Doncaster to Manvers (220/222) and there will be improvements to reliability on the 222 (Barnsley – Wombwell – Manvers - Mexborough - Doncaster).

Service 219 (Barnsley – Goldthorpe – Sprotbrough – Doncaster) will benefit from increased frequencies between Great Houghton, Thurnscoe and Doncaster.

Service 224 is being replaced by the 219 between Doncaster and Goldthorpe, with an improved 30 minute frequency throughout the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays.

For more information visit www.stagecoachbus.com/yorkshire.