New bus service for Dearne

Stagecoach depot. Picture: Marie Caley S0016MC
Stagecoach depot. Picture: Marie Caley S0016MC

Bus passengers in the Dearne Valley are to benefit from the launch of a new service between Rotherham and Barnsley.

Following customer feedback, bus operator Stagecoach Yorkshire has introduced the 22X service, which serves Rotherham – Manvers – Wath – Wombwell – Barnsley.

It offers free Wi-Fi, earlier buses, evening and weekend journeys and more value for money ticket options.

Modern single-decker buses featuring an eye-catching, special 22X livery will also provide a more comfortable service for passengers and low floors for easy access with wheelchairs or buggies.

These improvements will be introduced from this Saturday, July 20, along with its ‘More to Smile About’ campaign.

The service will provide a combined seven-minute frequency with the 222 and 226 services from Monday to Saturday between Barnsley, Wombwell and Wath with the Wath to Rotherham section running every 15 minutes.

There will also be earlier buses on Mondays to Fridays as well as a new evening and Sunday service running every hour.

Rupert Cox, commercial director, Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We’re delighted to offer our passengers a more convenient way of travelling and hope they see the benefits on using our improved service.

“When we completed our consultation in February 2013, passengers told us they wanted earlier buses, evening and weekend journeys and more value for money ticket options and that’s exactly what they now get with the new 22X.”

To celebrate the new-look service, Stagecoach is offering an introductory £5 weekly ticket covering all of service 22X and between Barnsley and Manvers on routes 222 and 226.

For more information about the changes pick up a leaflet on board or visit