Bus operator First launches consultation in Doncaster

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Doncaster bus operator First is holding a series of public drop-in sessions to hear what customers have to say about its services.

The operator is willing to consider network changes based on the feedback it receives during the consultation exercise.

Bus passengers in the Cantley, Rossington, Auckley, Finningley, Branton and Bessacarr areas will be the first to have their say. All other parts of Doncaster will follow in the New Year as the operator seeks ways of encouraging more people to travel by bus.

Peter Mair, operations manager for First in Doncaster, said: “We are very keen to meet with our customers and the local communities in general to find out what they think of our bus services and more importantly how we can improve them to encourage more people to travel by bus.

“We want to make the best use of our buses and drivers by matching customer demand to service levels and the aim is to increase the number of people using buses in the area.

“We have come up with two ways for the local community to get their views across to us, either face-to-face or online.”

The first seven drop-in sessions, where locals can speak to First representatives, are: December 2, 11am-2pm, St Hugh’s Church, Everingham Road, Cantley; December 3, 4-7pm, Parish Memorial Hall, McConnell Crescent, Rossington; December 4, 10am-1pm, St Saviours Church, Parish Centre, Auckley; December 4, 4-7pm, Village Hall, Old Bawtry Road, Finningley; December 5, 4-7pm, Kilham Community Centre, Kilham Lane, Branton; December 6, 12-3pm, St Francis Church, Nostell Place, Bessacarr; December 7, 10am-4pm, Asda Car Park, Grange Lane, Rossington.

The consultation ends on December 20. Visit www.firstgroup.com/southyorkshire if you are unable to attend a drop-in session.