Our response to proposed bus service changes

We recently posted details of proposed changes to bus services in our area and we’re grateful to everyone who took the time to get in touch with their views.

We have responded to the consultation on behalf of the community asking for four priorities:

  1. A sustainable X1 service, meeting existing demand and providing regular direct connectivity into Sheffield.
  2. Maintaining at least two buses an hour between Flanderwell / Sunnyside and the hospital. If some X1 services are to be replaced by X10, consideration should be given to running some or all of these via Moorgate and the Hospital, rather than Herringthorpe.
  3. Routes along Fleming Way should also run via Markfield Drive.
  4. Careful consideration of timetables to ensure continued easy access to Doncaster.

You can read our response in full by clicking here (PDF, 119kb).

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Road resurfacing on the Listerdale estate

January will see Labour’s 2020 Roads programme returning to the Listerdale estate. Melciss Road is due to be resurfaced in full, along with Rosemary Road.

The works follow the resurfacing of the pavements along Melciss, which took place over the summer (pictured above). This year Labour councillors made available an extra £1m to resurface damaged pavements.

Further works are expected in other parts of our area over the coming months.

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What’s happening at Bramley crossroads?

Works have now begun at Bramley crossroads. We can share the following information from council staff with residents:

The council is refurbishing the traffic signal equipment on the A631 Bawtry Road, Bramley, at the junction of Cross Street and Flash Lane.

Some minor alterations to kerb lines will also take place.

Improvements to street lighting at the junction are also being made.

The traffic signal refurbishment will include improved detection for the signals to improve their efficiency. This will require trenching works to lay the detection cables.

Due to the high traffic levels on this route, the majority of works will be undertaken during off peak times, with some night time working.

Civil engineering works will be carried out by the Council’s internal delivery team who will notify any local residents who are likely to be affected.

During the works there will be occasional closures to traffic turning right at the junction, with local diversions in place.

Once complete, the refurbishment scheme will not change the sequencing of the signals at the junction, but will improve their operation.

The refurbishment works will eventually extend to include the junction of A631 Bawtry Road and Moorhead Way (Morrison’s supermarket). The work at this junction will essentially be limited to traffic signals only, apart from minor amendments to the tactile paving on the pedestrian crossing.

These works will be taking place until spring 2019.

We are aware of requests to improve the crossing at the end of Cross Street with dropped kerbs and we continue to raise this with council staff.

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Potential bus changes under consideration

The bus companies and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive are currently out to consultation on a widespread set of changes to bus routes and times, which could come into effect from February.

The proposals are difficult to follow so we have attempted to summarise what is proposed for our area below, based on what has been shared with councillors.

Service Operator Route description Summary of change Reason for change
10, 10a First Rotherham – Maltby – Doncaster Revised to run between Doncaster and Maltby; in Maltby buses will run through to Rotherham, Meadowhall and Sheffield as service X10 (see below). Note that Markfield Drive (Sunnyside) will not be served by the 10/10a/X10.  Service 4 and 113 will serve Markfield Drive.  Additional journeys to Rotherham Hospital are provided at peak times on the 110. Improved X1/X10 service up to every 7/8 minutes providing better access to employment and education with connections (same bus) to service 10/10a.
13 First Rotherham – Bramley This service will no longer run and is replaced by new service 113 (see below). Service replaced by service 113 and providing a Ravenfield to Wickersley link at the request of ward councillors and MP.
110 First Maltby – Rotherham Hospital – Rotherham Early morning journeys replacing services 10/10a between Maltby and Rotherham To provide early morning journeys to Rotherham Hospital for workers.
113 First Rotherham – Wickersley – Ravenfield Common New service on Mondays to Saturdays running every hour (every 30 minutes at certain times) serving Broom Valley, Rotherham General Hospital, Wickersley, Flanderwell, Woodlaithes and Ravenfield Common Service replacing service 13 and providing a Ravenfield to Wickersley link at the request of ward councillors and MP.  Also replaces service 34 in Broom Valley.
X1 First Sheffield – Meadowhall – Rotherham – Maltby   SteelLink Changes to the times; during the daytime on Mondays to Fridays buses will run every 15 minutes and be coordinated with the new X10 to provide a bus every 7/8 minutes; see also changes to service X10 (below) Improved X1/X10 service up to every 7/8 minutes providing better access to employment and education with connections (same bus) to service 10/10a.
X3 First Sheffield – Meadowhall – Woodlaithes This service will no longer run and will be replaced by buses on service X10 (see below) which will serve Woodlaithes at commuter times on Mondays to Fridays. Revised service on the new X10.
X10 First Sheffield – Meadowhall – Rotherham – Maltby   SteelLink Additional buses introduced during the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays. In Herringthorpe buses will run along Badsley Moor Lane and Moor Lane South [note: we think they mean Middle Lane South] partly replacing service 114 (see above). In Flanderwell buses will run directly along Fleming Way; Markfield Drive will be served by service 4 and new service 113 (see above). Buses will serve Woodlaithes at commuter times on Mondays to Fridays, partly replacing service X3 (see above). See also changes to service X1 (above). Improved X1/X10 service up to every 7/8 minutes providing better access to employment and education with connections (same bus) to service 10/10a.

The good news would seem to be that there is a proposal for a much more regular link between Wickersley and Ravenfield Common (perhaps once an hour), which was much reduced when First ceased operating the number 4 service some time ago.

Overall, there would be more buses to Meadowhall  – including a regular (every fifteen minutes) service along Fleming Way and Flanderwell Lane. Users in Flanderwell and Sunnyside should see more buses overall. Connectivity through to Doncaster is rather unclear from the information available – it would appear that buses will change route into the number 10 at Maltby at some times, although what that means for people buying individual fares is also unclear. Whether such a long route all the way from Sheffield /  Meadowhall to Doncaster would prove reliable, or suffer the same punctuality problems as the X1 sometimes does may give pause for thought.

There are proposed to be fewer X1 services (four an hour rather than six or seven). The proposals argue that this is more an compensated for by the new X10 – to some extent inevitably it depends where you live as to whether this seems a benefit or not – but it’s also worth noting that the X10 will take longer if it does divert off Wickersley Road and along Middle Lane South and Badsley Moor Lane.

It has been indicated that only half of the new X1/X10 services will run all the way through to Sheffield from Meadowhall.

The number of buses from our area to the hospital is proposed to be halved – down from two an hour at the moment during the day to just one an hour, which is a concern to us.

The proposals are open to public consultation until Sunday 9th December and we would encourage you to submit any views directly by clicking here. We will be looking to make our own submission, so if you do have views or are making comments please do let us know.

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Marking Remembrance Sunday

As Britain marks the centenary of the ending of the First World War, we are supporting the ‘There But Not There‘ campaign. The campaign honours the hundreds of thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers – the ‘Tommies’ – who died during the conflict.

Using our ward budget and working with Wickersley Parish we have purchased 28 of the ‘Tommy’ silhouettes which have been placed in schools, shops and other locations across our area. They represent the 28 local men who died during the First World War whose names are inscribed on Wickersley war memorial. Cllr Sue Ellis is pictured above with one of the Tommies.

You can find details of the men over on our council neighbourhoods blog.

Rotherham Council has also placed two of the large Tommies outside the town hall.

St Albans Church will lead a special service at the War memorial on Morthen Road on Sunday at 12 noon.

Cllr Chris Read, as Leader of the Council, and John Healey MP will lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in Clifton Park at 11am on Sunday (click here for details of the parade and church service).

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