Pensioners have hit out at the scrapping of part of a popular bus route through their estate, which they claim was done with no notice and will leave many of them stranded.
The number 5 First service, which goes through Wortley, will now bypass Whincover Drive, part of which is at the top of a hill, to go straight onto the ring road.
One octogenarian told the YEP she will go “out of my mind” as her weekly trip to the shops was the only time she went out.
Audrey Jordan, 82, said: “It’s only a couple of stops but it takes me to the bottom of the hill to the shops. I cannot get up the hill. I shall have to wait until my family can do my shopping now because I can not go out. I shall be out of my mind.”
Great-grandmother Ivy Franklin, 88, said bus firm First’s decision to scrap the route was “absolutely stupid”.
“A lot of people in Whincover Drive are elderly,” she said. “They have never come round and spoken to people about it. There have been no leaflets, and some of the drivers didn’t even know! Now I have to walk up to the village or get an independent bus right round the estate to catch the number 5.”
Locals’ concerns are now being raised with First by local Green councillor Anne Blackburn.
A spokesman for First said: “Last weekend we introduced route changes on service 5 to improve reliability. We believe this will deliver service improvements for the majority of customers, although I do accept that those residents on Whincover Drive now need to walk across to Butterbowl Drive or Cross Lane. Information was made available on buses and on-line in advance of the changes. We understand the concerns raised by residents and have asked to meet local councillors to look at ways that we could address those concerns whilst ensuring the service for customers is reliable.”