Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Please Give Us Back Our Bus Service - Residents

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Please Give Us Back Our Bus Service - Residents

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Byline: Kali Lindsay Reporter

DISGRUNTLED families living on a Sunderland estate have called for a bus service to be reinstated.

Hylton Lane Estate residents claim they have been cut off after Stagecoach changed the route of the number 8 bus.

The service travelled along Helmsdale Road and Hadleigh Road, but the nearest stop is now on Holborn Road.

Councillor Martin Haswell, who represents the area, said numerous residents have contacted him about the issue. He has now written to Stagecoach and Nexus asking them to trial a service to see if it is viable.

Resident Samantha Hunnam said: "I used to rely on the bus service on Hadleigh Road to get my son to and from nursery.

"We used it to get to places like the city centre or the doctors.

"Now, we have to walk right to the bottom of the estate to get the bus and have to cross the road on a morning when it is really busy and quite frankly dangerous."

Samantha said it had caused a lot of problems for residents.

She added: "Especially for older people who aren't able to get to the shops or down to the hospital."

Sheila Elliott, 63, has MS and said she finds it difficult to walk to the nearest stop.

"I think a lot of people feel isolated since it was taken away."

Sheila, who has lived on the estate for 15 years, said: "I'd just like to see them put it back on."

Roy Glen-wright, 59, said his family misses the service.

He said: "You have to walk all the way along the road now.

"We have young kids and it was good to have a stop closer."

But Alicia Thompson does not want to see the stop reinstated outside her home.

Alicia, 37, said: "I don't want it next to my driveway.

"When the bus stopped it would block the drive, and if a lot of people were getting on I would be waiting ages to get out. …

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