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Lee Rowley vows to keep fighting with local residents for better bus services in Killamarsh

North East Derbyshire's MP feels the latest alterations are a 'backwards step'.

Lee Rowley, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire, has vowed to keep fighting for better bus services as disappointing new timetable changes are set to begin later this month.

 The timetable changes will impact bus users across North East Derbyshire, with the brunt of it felt in Killamarsh. 

 The 70, 70A, 71, 71A and 72 services will be completely removed and replaced with a new 80 service, reducing the frequency of services linking Killamarsh with Eckington and Sheffield.

 Lee Rowley commented: “I’m disappointed with Stagecoach’s new timetable and route changes, particularly with regards to Killamarsh. 

 “I have been in touch with Stagecoach on several occasions to raise residents’ concerns and request that the changes be reconsidered.

 “Whilst I welcome the removal of plans to change some routes and frequencies following the consultation in other areas of North East Derbyshire, I do not think enough has been done in Killamarsh to take residents’ concerns into account.

 “A few months ago, with local residents and Cllr Martin Thacker, we were able to convince Stagecoach to reconsider some proposed service changes to buses in Holymoorside.

 “We won’t always get wins on buses but I will keep working with local councillors and the communities across the district to push for better bus services in Killamarsh and elsewhere.”

 There will also be some timetable and service changes to Stagecoach buses in Eckington, Coal Aston, Renishaw, Spinkhill, Dronfield, Unstone, Clay Cross, Danesmoor, Mastin Moor and Staveley beginning later this month.

 The new timetables and routes for Stagecoach services in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire will begin on 26 January. Local bus users are encouraged to check individual timetables for bus services which they use at: http://www.derbysbus.info/times/tt_65_120.htm

John Young, Commercial Director at Stagecoach Yorkshire said: “Feedback from customers about the proposed service changes has given us valuable insight and has helped us refine some of our plans to better serve our customers.

“Some changes are needed to make sure we can ensure the longer term sustainability of the bus services in the area. Increasing congestion is adding to running costs and changes in society, for example less people visiting town centres, is resulting in less customers
travelling.

"We have listened to our customers and worked with local councillors in Chesterfield to help shape the final changes to local buses. We hope we can welcome both existing and new customers to our services for some of their travel needs.

"Our ticket range has just been simplified, contactless payments are available on all our buses and our new app allows you to track your bus in real time, removing the uncertainty of when your bus will arrive if it is delayed.”
 

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