From Monday 24 July, the 32 and 32a bus service will be reinstated to provide connections between Shiregreen, Parsons Cross and Northern General Hospital.
The news has been celebrated by local campaigners, who have worked to keep the route on the agenda after bus companies declined to take up the tender last year. Following the cut, Sharon Ashton, Chair of Southey Labour Party, organised a public meeting with South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard on transport at Foxhill Forum on 3rd November, to raise concerns about the loss of the service.
Local councillors continued to lobby over the loss of connectivity from northeast Sheffield to Northern General Hospital.
Mike Chaplin, Labour Councillor for Southey ward and Foxhill resident said:
“I welcome the return of the 32 Bus service. It is vital for restoring connections with the Northern General Hospital, two Secondary Schools and other local shops and services. Since last September, local communities like Foxhill and Parson Cross have missed this valuable bus route.”
From 24th July, a shortened version of the 32 bus route will return, having been withdrawn last September, providing a useful link both to the city centre and Northern General Hospital and Firth Park. The service will run hourly during daytime hours from Monday to Saturday.
Fellow Southey ward Councillor Jayne Dunn added:
“I’ve been working with the community closely since the closure, to make the case for this route returning, which I know has also resulted in residents actually giving up their work, pay and time to fight for it.
“I’m really pleased to see that that community effort has been responded to, and the route will be coming back from July.”
Sheffield Labour’s 2023 Budget amendment proposed looking at interventions the Council could make to replace or supplement vital services cut by private operators, including the number 32 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 10 and 52a routes, as well as the Supertram link buses, all of which have been axed by private providers in the last year.
The full route and timetable will be available via travelsouthyorkshire.com, where passengers can get the latest travel information.