Sheffield bus confusion could stretch past Christmas

A national shortage of trained bus drivers is affecting passengers in Sheffield, and First Bus say it won’t end soon.

By: John Gilding
Date: 15/10/2021

A shortage of trained bus drivers across Sheffield and the country has been causing passengers inconvenience for months with as many as 100 services cancelled everyday.

First Bus have said they hope to sort the problem before Christmas by running a recruitment drive to fill the gaps left in their workforce.

Ady Culpin, PR Manager for First Bus, said: “Some businesses are really suffering, especially in Scotland and some of the southern regions but here in the Midlands and South Yorkshire we are managing the situation without too much inconvenience to customers.”

The company, which runs Sheffield’s bus services along with Stagecoach, have had to adjust their timetables to allow them to operate with a varying number of drivers.

The shortage is similar to those currently having an effect on logistics firms, although First Bus have confirmed that a lack of fuel will not become an issue in the near future.

Both Stagecoach and First Bus publish their cancellations daily on their website. Services affected in south west Sheffield include the 120, 81 and 88.

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