Anger over Wheatley hills bus changes

Residents of the Wheatley Hill area have a meeting with Rosie Winterton MP about the bus services. Picture: Andrew Roe

Residents of the Wheatley Hill area have a meeting with Rosie Winterton MP about the bus services. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Elderly residents say they have been left completely isolated after a major bus service into the town centre was slashed.

Residents of Silver Jubilee Court Wheatley Hills say the First bus service into Doncaster Town Centre used to operate every 20 minutes but has been cut to every hour and no service at all on a Sunday.

Residents of the sheltered accommodation complex are amongst those who have signed a petition and attended a meeting to condemn the decision.

Martin Watson, 66, chairman of Wheatley Hills TARA said “A lot of residents are feeling very isolated.

“I’ve also heard reports of people turning up to find these buses are constantly full and they either have to wait or walk to another stop.

“A lot of these residents are elderly and the next bus stop is up a steep hill, I heard that one woman had tried to walk to another bus stop, fallen and ended up in A&E.”

A First spokesman said the bus changes were part of a network review. He said: “Based on consultation and data analysis we have tried to balance the level of services with demand so in some cases frequencies and routes have changed. As part of this review the new 89 has replaced the 77 but also providing better access to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.”

“We are monitoring the outcomes of these changes and will seriously consider all comments from local communities.”