South Yorkshire backs partnership

South Yorkshire backs partnership South Yorkshire backs partnership
South Yorkshire is set to abandon quality contracts and pursue instead a voluntary partnership for services in Sheffield. If approved, it could start in October – and serve as a model for those regions intent on pushing ahead with quality contracts, notably Tyne and Wear and neighbouring West Yorkshire.

The Sheffield Bus Partnership brings together First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Yorkshire, TM Travel, Sheffield Community Transport, South Yorkshire PTE, and Sheffield city council. It will see all parties working together to make sure the new proposal for bus travel works best for customers. The South Yorkshire ITA is meeting this week to discuss a recommendation to approve consultation on the new scheme. This would run from 18 June to 14 July.

First is the city’s biggest bus operator, and regional managing director Dave Alexander says: “First is delighted to work in partnership with SYPTE, Sheffield city council and other bus operators to develop this innovative way of running buses. This will benefit our customers and the communities of Sheffield for many years to come and help to stimulate growth in the bus market.”

Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, adds: “The Sheffield Bus Partnership will provide customers with a more coordinated and cost-effective bus network as well as a bigger range of routes and tickets. Working together will also offer more travel flexibility for passengers, which can only help further grow the number of people using public transport in Sheffield.”

David Young, SYPTE’s director of customer experience, says: “We think that this package we have come up with will make big difference to the quality of the bus network in Sheffield. By all working together the partners believe we can make travelling by bus a more convenient option for people throughout Sheffield.”