Single decker buses to run on 51 route weekdays until 17 April

Bus 51: a revised route and new ticketing has been proposed
Bus 51: single deckers will be in use weekdays 7am-7pm until 17 April

First Buses have advised that they will be unable to run buses from Blackbrook Road to Lodge Moor terminus from Thursday 7 April to Tuesday 17 April, 7am-7pm, on weekdays only.

Because they will be forced to use Crimicar Lane to turn buses, this will mean the use of single deckers during the period. Last time this diversion was in place, a double decker received damage due to a tree at kerbside, so it is considered unsafe.

First are advising residents that while they will do their best, there is a possible risk of demand exceeding seating capacity on the service at peak periods and around school times.

51 bus route changes on 26 January

New timetables for the 51 bus start today
The 51 bus route will change slightly from Sunday 26 January

The route that the 51 bus takes when travelling away from town will change later this month.

From Sunday 26 January, journeys from the city centre to Lodge Moor will go via West Street and Glossop Road, turning right onto Hanover Way and then onto Western Bank.

Journeys into the city centre will not change and will continue via Broad Lane and Mappin Street.

For more information visit the Travel South Yorkshire website.

51 bus timetable commencing 26 January 2014 (PDF, 636KB)

51 bus: Crookes councillors and First/SYPTE meeting report

New timetables for the 51 bus start today
Our local councillors have met with First and SYPTE to discuss the 51 bus

Our three councillors, Sylvia Anginotti, Rob Frost and Geoff Smith, have recently met with First and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) to discuss the 51 bus route.

A report from the meeting, written by the councillors, is below.

If you have comments regarding this then the best way to get in touch with them directly is via the contact details on the Sheffield city council website.


The three Crookes councillors (Sylvia Anginotti, Rob Frost and Geoff Smith) have been made aware by individuals and through the Crosspool Forum of dissatisfaction with the 51 bus. In particular with the failure of buses to run at the published times.

We were going to have a meeting with First and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) in January but unfortunately the bad weather forced a postponement and we were not able to meet until March.

You will remember that we were promised an improved service when the Bus Partnership arrangements started at the end of October 2012. This was going to be achieved in two ways; an additional bus on the route and a change of route to avoid Broad Lane.

The additional bus was put on but the change of route didn’t happen. This was because of the number of people who protested that they would not be able to get to the NHS walk in service.

SYPTE figures for complaints show a continued high level of complaints up to January of this year and then a falling off. This could be for either of two reasons; people have become fed up with complaining or there has been some improvement in the service.

SYPTE’s own figures for punctuality at stops on the route show an improvement from 72% punctuality pre-October 2012 rising to 84% recently. This is against a target of 95%. So even by their own figures there is still some way to go.

First admit that punctuality is still not good enough. They said that double deckers were part of the problem and that from early July they will be replaced by brand new single deckers which along with ticket issue speeding up should speed up overall loading times.

They are also putting an additional bus on the route on Saturdays from the end of April and making minor timetable changes. They gave us a list of traffic hotspots on the route which cause problems and we will be taking these up with the Council.

Also they warned that the service could be affected by planned roadworks across the city.

We will continue to have meetings with First and SYPTE. We will welcome your views and experience at the next meeting of the Crosspool Forum and please keep on complaining to SYPTE if you have problems with the 51.

Sylvia Anginotti, Rob Frost and Geoff Smith
April 2013

51 bus service over Christmas 2011

First will run a reduced 51 bus service over the holiday period
First will run a reduced 51 bus service over the holiday period

First South Yorkshire has announced most of the timetable for the 51 bus route over Christmas and new year.

  • Normal services will finish early on Christmas eve and new year’s eve
  • No buses will run on Christmas day
  • A special timetable will operate on Boxing day and new year’s day – details to be confirmed on www.firstgroup.com
  • Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January: Sunday service
  • Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 December: Saturday service

Full details are on the First South Yorkshire website:

Christmas and new year First bus services (2011/12) in South Yorkshire