• Lost property left on South Yorkshire’s buses revealed for Catch the Bus Week
• Bus company literally saves someone’s bacon, other items include child in carry cot, box of kittens, kitchen sink, false leg and lawnmower
A CHILD in a carry cot, a box of kittens, a false leg and a kitchen sink are among the strangest items left on South Yorkshire’s public transport, bus bosses have revealed.
The lost property, which also includes 42 packets of bacon, a lawnmower, 3 boxes of live crickets, a set of false teeth, several bags of soil, a pair of crutches and an envelope containing thousands of pounds, are just some of the things reported missing to bus companies Stagecoach Yorkshire and First South Yorkshire at their local depots over the last few years.
Bus Partnerships in Sheffield and Rotherham have revealed the files in celebration of the third annual Catch the Bus Week, a nationwide campaign taking place from 29 June to 5 July 2015 to promote the benefits of bus travel.
Made up of the organisations responsible for bus travel in the districts, including bus operators, local authorities and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, the Bus Partnerships aim to improve local bus services so the number of people using them grows.
Stagecoach Yorkshire Managing Director, Paul Lynch, said: “Almost 2.5 million people all over Britain travel to work by bus every day, and a million more use the bus as a vital back up, so it’s not surprising that we find some odd things left on board.
“Catch the Bus Week is a great way to remind people how easy and convenient bus travel is to get around. It helps support local communities and boosts the economy, with bus commuters creating more than £64 billion worth of goods and services in the UK every year. And from the items reported missing it’s clear that people use our local buses for a variety of journeys. We would like to reassure passengers that the lost child and box of kittens were reunited safely with their parents and owner.”
First South Yorkshire Managing Director, Ben Gilligan, said: “It’s nice to literally save someone’s bacon. The gentleman was very specific about how many packets were missing. And the owner of the lost pair of crutches called us so we could help him get home.
“Lost property records are an entertaining element of bus travel, but there are serious benefits that include helping the environment and improving air quality in our towns and cities. Congestion costs the UK economy at least £11 billion each year. If everyone switched just one car journey a month to bus that would be one billion fewer car journeys on our roads, and a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2. So we are encouraging people who don’t normally take the bus to give it a try during Catch the Bus Week. You never know what you might find.”
Public and private sector companies have worked together as Sheffield and Rotherham Bus Partnership to provide passengers with a simpler and more co-ordinated bus network, tickets that can be used on any bus, and more buses that run on time. Customers are seeing improvements to their services, and passenger satisfaction has increased by up to 44% since the Partnerships launched.
To report lost and found property on South Yorkshire’s public transport network call Traveline on 01709 51 51 51 or visit travelsouthyorkshire.com