Ex-SYT busmen set to compete
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• Two new bus companies have been set up by former South Yorkshire Transport busmen in Sheffield to compete with their former employers on local bus routes.
The first of these, Yorkshire Ter. ier, is run by a partnership of five former managers from the East Bank Road SYT garage, which closed last April. It is led by Bill Baldwin who was garage manager at East Bank.
Terrier has launched two circular routes from the city centre to Crookes and Walkeley on the west side of the city. The routes run on 20minute frequencies giving combined frequencies of 10 minutes. Seven secondhand Leyland National single-deckers have been acquired; all have been refurbished by the staff themselves.
A new cross-city route start ing 5 September will use another seven Leyland Nationals. Ten drivers will be taken on to share the duties with the five partners who are also handling the administrative, driving and engineering work.
The second company, which has just won its operator's licence, is Citybus-Sheffield. It has just registered three routes into south Sheffield run ning alongside existing South Yorkshire Transport routes.
Once again former SYT bus men are involved in the new company, which plans to operate from part of the Tinsley Tram sheds (home of the Shel field Bus Museum). A large number of secondhand doubledeckers will be operated on th three routes, which will start on 26 September.