John celebrates campaign win

Residents, an MP and councillors are celebrating a win after a campaign to keep a bus service in Wath-upon-Dearne.

John Healey MP raised concerns with Stagecoach after they announced the 229 would use Sandygate instead of Burman Road.

Many elderly residents living off Burman Road complained they were simply unable to talk as far as the bus stop on Sandygate and the move would cut them off from shops.

More than 150 people signed a petition against the changes.

Wath councillors Alan Atkin and Alan Gosling had a meeting with Stagecoach’s commercial director Rupert Cox. Shortly afterwards, the company announced it would make an adjustment to the 222 bus route, so that it will serve Burman Road in both directions, from Saturday 31 August.

John said: “It’s not an ideal solution because it will be less frequent than the 229, but at least there will still be a bus going both ways on Burman Road.

“I am pleased Stagecoach listened to the strong concerns people raised and I’d like to thank and congratulate the many residents who stood up and fought for a bus they need.”