Councillors Secure Capacity Increase after Bus Talks

Local Labour Councillors are today celebrating a new commitment to increase capacity on a key route in the city, after service changes earlier this month led to local concerns about overcrowding.

Last week Labour Councillors met with Stagecoach and secured a new commitment to deal with potential overcrowding. As a result, all buses on the 52 and First’s 52a route will now be double decker.

Stagecoach have also committed to exploring how additional buses could help further reduce overcrowding at peak times.

Councillor Ben Curran of Walkley ward said:

“Residents told me that a reduced 52 service would lead to over-crowding, so I am glad that our campaigning has led to Stagecoach committing to closely monitor this route and ensuring that residents aren’t left behind or standing on crowded buses. I will be working closely with the operator and the Council to make sure that this is delivered from day one.”

Councillor George Lindars-Hammond of Hillsborough ward said:

“I share residents’ concerns that reducing the 52 service to Hillsborough could mean people are left waiting with no space on buses, so the commitment that every bus on these routes will be a double decker is very important. As local Councillors we will be holding Stagecoach and First to their promise.”

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet member for Transport and Development said:

“This cut was made with no consultation and was the wrong move for local people in Walkley and Hillsborough. However, I’m pleased that hard work has paid off and we have got concrete promises about extra seats. I congratulate Ben and George on their excellent community campaigning on this important issue. This is a good example of local Councillors delivering real results for their community”