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Anger over ‘lack of buses’ for elderly in Conisbrough

Residents of Windsor Road and surrounding streets are unhappy at the lack of bus services on Doncaster Road, Conisbrough. Picture: Andrew Roe

Residents of Windsor Road and surrounding streets are unhappy at the lack of bus services on Doncaster Road, Conisbrough. Picture: Andrew Roe

Elderly residents on a Conisbrough estate claim they are being left stranded in their homes because of a lack of bus services.

Pensioners living on the Windmill Estate hit out at a phased reduction of services in recent years which means they now struggle to get out to the shops, doctors surgeries and to visit relatives.

The estate is served by just one bus two days a week and residents say some elderly people are too frail to walk 600 metres to the nearest stop on Doncaster Road. They want more services, but transport bosses appeared to have ruled it out.

Norah Cassidy, 65, said: “Senior citizens have to pay for a taxi. There is no other way they can get to doctor’s appointments, and should they not be able to locate one, then they are stuck.”

Grandmother-of-nine Margaret Jubb, 64, of Buckingham Road, added: “Taxis are costing me a fortune. I would like to see a new service to the railway station.”

Margaret Buckley, of Taylor Street, said: “You see buses going around empty because they are not covering the areas where people need them.”

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) said services were withdrawn in October 2010 because of poor usage. She added service 304, which provides one round trip two days a week, was introduced on Windmill Avenue in 2011 for those residents who cannot walk to the bus stop on Doncaster Road, which is served by 12 buses per hour.

David Young, deputy interim director general at SYPTE, said: “Due to reduced government funding, we are unable to subsidise any additional services.”

 

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