Wickersley / Bramley / Flanderwell bus service changes

Bus users will have noticed a number of changes this week. In good news, the main part of Rotherham bus station has re-opened following refurbishment, so buses are no longer using the temporary bus station on Forge Island. The £12 million scheme brings a number of improvements; a lighter, brighter – and hopefully safer feeling – environment, new seating, clearer display screens, and so on. When it is complete in around a month’s time, there will also be free public wi-fi, electric vehicle charging and the multi-storey car park should be easier to use. Perhaps most importantly, the building’s concrete cancer has been repaired, so it is once again structurally sound.

The service changes that we brought to residents’ attention previously have also now come into effect. For residents who use services from Flanderwell Lane and Fleming Way, this means more services running between Maltby, town and Meadowhall. An hourly service during the day (route 113) is now running between town and Ravenfield Common, via the Hospital, Tanyard and Markfield Drive.

However we are disappointed that, despite our representations, the 113 will be the only service connecting our ward directly with the hospital – a substantially worse service than we have had for many years – and we remain concerned that for particularly elderly residents on the Markfield Drive estate and in the Mark Grove bungalows complex the removal of services from the estate is unnecessary and harmful.

We were able to secure some mitigation with regards to the problems with bus stops on Fleming Way. We had raised concerns on behalf of residents that the stop stop outside the chip shop would be inadequate for the number of travellers, not least because it is often filled with parked cars. That stop and the one opposite are being moved slightly, and bus stop markings on the road will be put in place soon. That will mean that anyone parking in the stops becomes liable to be fined.

In summary then, the changes mean:

  • The X1 will continue to run between Maltby and Meadowhall along Bawtry Road, but only once every 15-ish minutes during the day
  • The new x10 will now run between Maltby (going on to Doncaster) and Meadowhall, travelling in our area along Church Lane, Flanderwell Lane, Fleming Way and Northfield Lane, also every 15 minutes. The idea is that this alternates with the X1, so if you’re travlling from Bramley crossroads or the Tanyard during the day, either the X1 or the X10 will go past every 7 or 8 minutes. The X10 then deviates round Herringthorpe Playing fields on its way in to town.
  • Both the X1 and X10 are running seven days a week. The X10 is scheduled to run once an hour during the day on a Sunday.
  • The new 113 connects town, the hospital, the Tanyard and Markfield Drive to Ravenfield Common
  • The Powells X7 service now connects Maltby through to Sheffield via Flanderwell Lane and Fleming Way (but not Rotherham town centre) every half hour during weekdays. It does not run Sundays.
  • The 19 and 19a are subject to minor timetable changes.
  • The X3 has been removed, with the x10 providing some services via Woodlaithes for commuters.

Confused? Remember, you can check timetables and maps by going to www.travelsouthyorkshire.com.

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