24 September 2015

Information about Sheffield’s bus service changes and new, lower priced tickets has started to be published online, ahead of planned improvements to the city’s bus network being introduced on 1 November.

Details are being made available at travelsouthyorkshire.com/futurechanges as bus operators finalise their new timetables.

Full service change information will be widely publicised online, at bus stops, in interchanges and on-board buses from mid-October.

Lower price multi-operator tickets for bus users offering a discount of up to 23% will also be launched to complement the new network, making it easier for passengers to get on the first bus that comes along. The price of these tickets will be frozen until at least April 2017.

New CityBus Day (£4), 7 Day (£14) and 28 Day (£49) tickets will offer improved value for money journeys on any bus in Sheffield, and reduced CityWide Day (£4.30), 7 Day (£15), 28 Day (£53) and Annual (£560) tickets on any bus or tram.

Sheffield Bus Partnership’s city-wide bus network was shaped using passenger travel patterns and community feedback from around 2,500 people, following public consultation in July.

The service changes and new tickets form part of package of local bus improvements drawn in the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Devolution Deal to offer passengers a ‘more efficient and integrated network’ and a ‘simplified and more attractively priced ticket range’. The package was approved by the SCR Transport Committee at their September meeting.

Sheffield Bus Partnership is made up of Sheffield City Council (SCC), South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and bus operators First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach in Sheffield, Sheffield Community Transport and TM Travel. TM Travel services will operate under the Voluntary Partnership Agreement from 1 November, offering bus users greater flexibility and the benefits the Partnership brings.

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For more information contact SYPTE Senior Communications Officer, Victoria Greenwood, on 0114 221 1443 / 0776 738 4519 or at communications@sypte.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS
Bus service changes in Sheffield will take place on Sunday 1 November. Services that do not operate on Sundays will change from Monday 2 November. Some Derbyshire contract bus service changes will also take place on the weekend of 25 October. All timetables will be available online 3 weeks prior to the changes taking place at http://travelsouthyorkshire.com/futurechanges .  Service change information will be widely publicised online, at bus stops, in interchanges and on-board buses, and timetables and network maps available in interchanges, from mid-October.

The Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal sets out the terms of an agreement between Government and the leaders of the Sheffield City Region to devolve a range of powers and responsibilities to the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership: http://sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/SCR-Devolution-Deal.pdf