Investigation: A look at Sheffield’s public transport, including Sheffield buses and Sheffield train station connections


These are just a few of the questions the team at The Star have been investigating over the past month, seeking answers to readers’ questions such as why there is so much disruption on Sheffield buses. and when will the First Bus and Stagecoach driver shortages end? how will major rail projects bring jobs and investments to the city? and how far could Sheffield’s tram network be extended?

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We also looked at the cancellation of some train services from Sheffield Airport to Manchester and how it is planned to spend £ 16million on a fleet of electric buses serving Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

In addition to asking members of the public what they think of Sheffield’s transport infrastructure, our readers have had their say on these issues – don’t forget you can share your views by writing to [email protected]

The Star has been busy investigating Sheffield’s public transport services, including how Sheffield buses have been affected by the driver shortage and how rail plans could bring investment and jobs to the city.

Last update: Thursday October 14, 2021, 2:13 PM

  • How major rail projects could create jobs and investment in Sheffield
  • First and Stagecoach reveal how long bus cancellations could last
  • The public has a say in where Sheffield’s tram service should go

Sheffield bus driver shortage: First and Stagecoach reveal how long cancellations could last

Bus services to Sheffield canceled due to nationwide driver shortage

Bus services in Sheffield are still canceled due to the nationwide shortage of drivers, with dozens of services affected every day.

And the bad news for passengers is that the disruption could still last for some time.

First and Stagecoach have released an update on the crisis affecting bus services across Britain, and they say that although new drivers are being trained, it takes several weeks before they are ready to take the roads.

Editor: Expensive and unreliable public transport falls short

Trams run along Attercliffe Road, Sheffield, in the 1950s

Our public transport is not up to the task, is it? It’s a pretty depressing conversation in any city as we face a climate crisis, but it’s more painful in Sheffield than most because we had the best service in the world.

I don’t know anyone who grew up in Sheffield when bus services were at their peak and who doesn’t yet speak of those times with a smile. And there aren’t any nods and whispers about Sheffielders stuck in the past that will make that change, because we know the value of what’s been taken from us. We also know the heavy price that our city pays because this gem was not protected.

There is a way, however, for our leaders to make this conversation a thing of the past – give us the public transportation we demand and deserve.

I was sitting listening to someone from Birmingham yesterday as she raves about the plans to extend the trams in her city – they will even be fully accessible, she tells me with pleasure.

The shocking wave of road deaths in Sheffield – how authorities hope to make the city’s roads safer

The scene on Moore Street after a car crash killed a man

When Rita Magni died Monday after being hit by a car on Phillimore Road near Phillimore Community Elementary School, Darnall, it was the latest in a series of tragedies.

The previous morning, 23-year-old Junaid Latif died in an accident on Moore Street, near the inner ring road.

Less than two weeks earlier, a pedestrian died after a collision on Prospect Road, Lowfield.

But what is being done to make Sheffield’s roads safer?

Have your say – which transport sector in Sheffield is most in need of investment?

Where should Sheffield trams go?

Star readers have their say on Sheffield buses

Letter from the reader: “With such unreliable services, why would anyone want to use the Sheffield buses? “

MP Louise Haigh’s campaign for better buses in Sheffield is a great idea, but unfortunately it does not go far enough. The list does not include all Sheffield buses, so it is not possible to post all complaints on the website.

The bus door on Glossop Road in Sheffield.

Letter from the reader: “Bus drivers are leaving at an alarming rate, at my depot alone at least 20 have left”

Your article on the bus driver shortage puts the staffing shortage in quotation marks almost as if Stagecoach is lying about a driver shortage.

The direction of travel is clear – but will Sheffield miss the bus?

Bus operators believe the new spike is due to teleworkers getting together after a morning alone. Photo: Chris Etchells

A new rush hour for lunch is emerging in Sheffield after the pandemic has shaken office life.

Bus operators believe the new spike is due to teleworkers getting together after a morning alone.

Nigel Eggleton, managing director of First Sheffield, said the buses were significantly busier in the middle of the day.

Transport in Sheffield: growing clamor for return of buses to public control

First Managing Director of Sheffield, Nigel Eggleton.

Sheffield’s buses are now so bad they should be brought back into public control.

This is the demand of a growing number of passengers and politicians who think privatization has failed – as evidenced by the decline in numbers and the increase in complaints.

Some 35 years after deregulation, and in the grip of a climate emergency, a clamor is heard to revive the glory days of public transport.

New £ 16million electric bus fleet slated for Sheffield and South Yorkshire by 2024

A new fleet of electric buses planned for South Yorkshire would include a new shuttle service operating in Sheffield city center (Photo: Steve Ellis)

Almost £ 16million would be spent on a fleet of electric buses serving Sheffield and South Yorkshire, under new plans.

The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority – as the Sheffield City area is now known – has submitted a £ 6.8million offer to the Department for Transport under the regional zero emission bus zones program.

If successful this would be complemented by just under £ 7million to buy the buses and £ 2million to operate the shuttle service for the first five years, provided by the city authority.

Anger as railway bosses abandon Sheffield’s hourly service at Manchester Airport

Sheffield station to lose direct hourly service to Manchester Airport

Transport bosses have sparked anger after revealing schedule changes that end Sheffield’s hourly trains to Manchester Airport.

Government and Northern leaders agreed on what they described as a ‘new and improved’ schedule to be put in place, serving the Manchester area from December 2022 – with direct services from Sheffield to the airport from Manchester at the start and end of the day, instead of every hour.

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