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Lincolnshire County Council starts review of subsidised bus services

Lincolnshire County Council has begun a review of its subsidised bus services in a bid to save over £2million pounds from its transport budget.

The authority currently supports more than one hundred bus services across the county, which are not profitable for private operators. It says some services are no longer affordable as a result of government funding cuts.

A decision as to which bus services will be affected is expected before the end of the month.

Double decker campaign to tackle prostate cancer

A double decker bus is being taken on tour around the country to raise awareness of the risk of prostate cancer amongst black males.

There are currently 3,700 men living with prostate cancer in Leeds and 2,000 in Sheffield. According to new research, black men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with the condition as white men, and a greater number will die from the disease as a result.

Elderly woman dies on bus

An elderly woman in Ilkley has died after being thrown from her seat when the bus she was on braked to let a car pull out.

Police say the single-decker bus was travelling along Beverley Road yesterday lunchtime when a Renault Megane pulled out of a residential driveway.

The bus then braked and the 90-year-old passenger was thrown forward, colliding with the inside front of the bus.

She was left with head injuries and was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Any witnesses to the incident are being urged to come forward.

Cleaner buses for Sheffield

Sheffield's new clean energy bus Credit: Stagecoach Yorkshire

Buses in Sheffield are switching from diesel to cleaner engine fuels following a £1 million investment.

Clean Bus Technology Funding from the Department of Transport is being used to retrofit five Stagecoach vehicles with dedicated Compressed Natural Gas engines, which will run on biomethane.

The scheme, which has been part-funded by Stagecoach in Sheffield, will reduce engine noise by 50 per cent, deliver carbon savings of between 85 and 140 per cent and ensure the virtual elimination of particulate matter from exhausts.

It will also create increased jobs and apprenticeships at equipment suppliers including city-based Chesterfield Special Cylinders.

Five Euro IV Optare Solo buses will be fitted with the Natural Gas Engines and will operate along Stagecoach’s SL2 and 35a routes.

The hilly routes, which create an increase in emissions because the vehicles are working at capacity,are within the city's Air Quality Management Area and provide an important link to StagecoachSupertram serving the city centre, Hillsborough, universities and Meadowhall.

The investment also includes the installation of a Compressed Natural Gas refuelling station at Stagecoach’s Ecclesfield depot.

Sheffield City Council led the Clean Bus Technology Fund bid in partnership with Stagecoach as part of the Sheffield Bus Partnership

The scheme will start in the new year when work will to retrofit the vehicles is complete.


South Yorkshire gets £18m for bus scheme

South Yorkshire will benefit from have been awarded an £18.3 grant from Government funding to further improve bus services and information across Sheffield.

Following the recently-launched Sheffield Bus Partnership, Transport Minister Norman Baker today announced the Department for Transport has granted the money.

The funding will be spent on improvements to infrastructure used by routes in the city centre, such as Gleadless, Meadowhead, Heeley Bottom, Parkway and in north Sheffield.

Young woman injured after car crashes into a bus queue

A young woman may have to have part of her leg amputated after a car crashed into a bus queue in Sheffield and injured eight people. It happened a week ago and police say they are now looking for one or possibly two people who are thought to have been in the car.

The crash happened on Barnsley Road in the city last Monday. The 22-year-old driver was arrested at the time and has been released on bail. Officers say they're now looking for the other people in the car who fled the scene.

Doctors have said a 23-year-old woman who was badly injured in the crash could now have her foot and part of her leg amputated.

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