From Monday 24 July, bus services 10 and 10a will be reinstated to provide much needed connections between the City Centre, Manor Top, Nether Edge and the Hallamshire hospital.
The move follows sustained pressure from Labour Councillors who made the case to South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority leader Oliver Coppard that the service is a lifeline to Sheffield residents.
Stagecoach Yorkshire will reintroduce operation of this crucial service next month to bring back the unique links which were lost when previous operator, Powell’s, ceased trading last summer.
Councillor Ben Miskell, Chair of Sheffield City Council’s Transport, Regeneration and Climate Committee said: “The reinstatement of the 10 and 10A is welcome news to the communities it serves.
“However, lifeline bus service like this are essential and the gap in provision to the communities it serves has been far too long. We support the South Yorkshire Mayor’s plan to enforce public control of bus services through London-style bus franchising.”
While the 10 and 10a are former routes being reinstated, the services will now use Sheffield Interchange as opposed to Arundel Gate, and will use Granville Road between the City Centre and Manor Top. Buses will run hourly Monday to Saturday, each way around the circular route.
Nether Edge and Sharrow Councillor, Nighat Basharat, lead campaigns to reinstate the vital bus which runs through her ward. When the cuts were first proposed, Cllr Basharat met with South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard, to let him know the desperate need to introduce the service.
She said: “The reintroduction of this vital route is incredibly welcome news. From the day we first heard of the proposal to cut it I’ve been working tirelessly with the local community and businesses to demonstrate how important it is.
“I’m really pleased that Oliver Coppard has put the 10 and 10a front and centre, and worked with Stagecoach to bring the route back.”
Sheffield Labour’s 2023 Budget amendment proposed investigating interventions the Council could make to replace or supplement vital services cut by private operators, including the number 10 bus. Labour’s proposal to fund feasibility studies in coordination with the Mayoral Combined Authority, was voted down by Liberal Democrat, Green and Conservative Councillors at the public meeting held 1st March 2023.
Labour Councillors had also proposed looking at establishing the 32 and 52a routes, as well as the Supertram link buses, all of which have been axed by private providers in the last year.
Cllr Ibby Ullah, who also represents Nether Edge and Sharrow, added:
“This route is such a vital lifeline for people in my ward and across the city. Thanks to Labour action at a local and regional level it’s being brought back.”
The full route and timetable will be available via travelsouthyorkshire.com, where passengers can get the latest travel information.