Council left red-faced after £6,000 bus shelter built on road with no buses

Two-a-day bus service along road in Maltby, South Yorkshire, was axed in March

Chiara Giordano
Sunday 19 May 2019 14:53
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‘There are so many important things to spend money on but they go and blow thousands on this’
‘There are so many important things to spend money on but they go and blow thousands on this’

Residents were left scratching their heads after a £6,000 bus shelter appeared on a street where no buses run.

The shelter popped up in place of a rusty old pole on Tickhill Road in Maltby, South Yorkshire, earlier this month.

But council officials were left red-faced after it emerged the two-bus-a-day service along the road was axed back in March.

A notice attached to the unused shelter read: “Please note that this bus stop is no longer in use.”

Locals have criticised the council for wasting thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money that could have been invested elsewhere.

Donna Marie Hallam, 40, said: “When I found out the route had stopped altogether I couldn’t believe it, I just thought ‘what a complete waste of money’.

“There are so many important things to spend money on but they go and blow thousands on this.”

Ex-councillor Carol Stringer added: “There are no buses running along that road but they’ve gone and put a bus stop in, it’s ridiculous.

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“I’ve been campaigning for the council to put a 20mph sign up on a nearby road used by lots of schoolchildren.

“They refuse to put that up but then go and spend £6,000 on a useless bus shelter, it’s unbelievable.”

The shelter was installed by workers from the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), which is supervised by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority.

A SYPTE spokesman said plans for a new shelter on Tickhill Road were put in place as part of an agreement between the authority and a property developer before the bus route was moved.

He added: “We are reviewing our installation processes to prevent this, where possible, from happening again.”

It is hoped the shelter will be moved to a nearby road served by buses.

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