Several Doncaster bus services face axe under new transport plans

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A number of Doncaster bus routes could be axed under new public transport plans, which are set to go to public consultation this week.

Changes to the bus routes, as proposed by the Doncaster Bus Partnership, include the cancellation of the 42 service which currently runs between Doncaster town centre and Scawsby.

However, the 41 service which also serves Scawsby would operate with a greater frequency if the cancellation did go ahead.

Service 49, that runs between the town centre and Sprotbrough, is also set to be axed. It will be replaced by the 219 which travels from Doncaster through to Sprotbrough, Thurnscoe and Barnsley.

In addition, the 91/x91 service that runs between Doncaster, Hyde Park, Robin Hood Airport, Finningley, Blaxton and Epworth also faces the chop.

If the plans are approved, it will be replaced by a more frequent 57 service - that will no longer serve Robin Hood airport, however.

The 72/73 Lakeside service is also set to be cancelled, and will be replaced by service 16 that will run via Bawtry Road by The Dome. Journeys in the opposite direction will be numbered 17.

A spokesperson for the Doncaster Bus Partnership, which brings together local bus operators First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Yorkshire, Stagecoach East Midlands and Arriva Yorkshire with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) says the proposed bus network ‘will play a key role in developing local transport to better meet the needs of the growing economy and customers by providing a more coordinated, more efficient and better integrated network’.

It adds that these steps are set to be taken as ‘authorities look to progress the public transport aims proposed in Sheffield City Region’s (SCR) Devolution Deal’.

Plans for the town’s optimised bus network come after the introduction of the Sheffield and Rotherham Bus Partnerships, which have seen up to 10 per cent increases in adult fare paying customers.

Public consultation on Doncaster’s planned bus route changes started today (Monday, November 9) and will continue Friday, December 18 online here.

Paper feedback forms will be available from Customer Service Desks at Doncaster, Barnsley, Adwick, Rotherham, Meadowhall, and Sheffield Interchanges for those without access to the internet.

opies will also be available from Doncaster Council’s Civic Office reception.

Consultation drop-in sessions with Doncaster Bus Partnership representatives will take place at:

• Victoria Hall, Hatfield, November 23 from 3 – 6pm

• Doncaster Interchange, in the town centre, November 24 from 3 – 6pm

• Askern Community Library, November 25 11am – 2pm

• Doncaster Interchange, November 26 from 8 – 10.30am

• Bentley Area Community Library, November 26 from 3 – 6pm

• The Ivanhoe Centre, Conisborough, November 27 from 3 – 6pm

• Thorne Library, November 30 from 10am – 1pm

• Intake Community Centre, November 30 from 3.30 – 6.30pm

• Carcroft and Skellow Community Welfare Association, December 1 from 3 – 6pm

• Dunsville Community, December 4 from 3 – 6pm

• Balby Community Library, December 7 from 2 – 5pm

• Armthorpe Community Centre, December 8 from 3 – 6pm

• Doncaster Council Civic Building, Watergate, December 9 from 2 – 5pm

• Rossington Miners Welfare, December 10 from 3 – 6pm