Anger over Doncaster bus route change

Residents of Clay Lane are unhappy that the 76 bus service is being cut. Picture: Andrew Roe
Residents of Clay Lane are unhappy that the 76 bus service is being cut. Picture: Andrew Roe

Angry passengers have condemned decisions to cut ‘vital’ bus services serving their Doncaster neighbourhoods.

Eight bus services are due to be cut on Sunday by First,the borough’s biggest bus operator.

Services 67, 68, 69, 83, 84 and 85 will be replaced by 84/A/B and 89 services.

The 84/A/B services will operate between Doncaster and Barnby Dun.

The 84 will serve Madam Lane in Barnby Dun, while the new service 89 will link Doncaster and Edenthorpe via Wheatley Hills.

The 76 service will also operate a revised route, while the 76A and 77 will be withdrawn.

Seventy-year-old Charles Worsdale, of Church Balk Gardens, Edenthorpe, said: “Many residents, many of whom are elderly or disabled, have to depend on the buses. This is a vital public service.”

Mr Worsdale, who uses the 67 and 69 bus service, said the changes will make it difficult for him, and many others, to attend appointments at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

He said: “This will result in considerable hardship for a large number of residents, who have previously relied on the running of the buses via Church Balk for shopping, keeping hospital and doctor’s appointments or visiting family and friends.”

Mum-of-three Nicola Tanner, aged 28, of Clay Lane, said the changes would affect parents who use the 76 bus to take their children to Kingfisher Primary School, Coventry Grove, Wheatley.

She said: “Some of us have pushchairs.

“We’re all good friends, so we organise between ourselves who’s going to get the bus to school and 8am and who is going to get the next one at 8.30am, because there isn’t room for all of us on one bus.

“We’ve been told to get the 84 bus, but there will only be one bus an hour, which means some of us may have to get an earlier bus and then be stood outside school for at least half an hour.”

A First spokesman said the changes were introduced in response to feedback from customers, and they would not be left disadvantaged.

The spokesman said: “The new service 89 will provide improved access to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

“These are not cuts, the total level of resource is the same.

“We’ve refocused that resource following consultation with our customers in 2014, which asked for a simpler network with faster and more frequent buses from certain areas.

“However, this is an on-going process.

“We will be going back out in the community to get feedback after these changes have come in to force and if we need to make more changes to meet customer requirements we will.”