13 November 2017

Experiencing Sheffield at Christmas looks set to be the best – and cheapest – yet with offers to get into the city centre announced for cars and buses.

The festive bus offer Plus One means anyone with a day, week or month ticket can bring along another person for free on journeys in Sheffield into the city centre after 4.30pm and out of the city centre after 6.30pm on Thursdays and all day on Sundays in December in the run up to Christmas.

Even if both people travelling don’t usually use the bus when one person buys a day bus ticket the second person will travel for free as the Plus One – so 2 for 1 travel.

Councillor Jack Scott, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, said: “I’m delighted to be able to announce this early Christmas present for festive visitors. Christmas in Sheffield traditionally starts with the Christmas lights switch-on and this will make that event even more popular.

“I’m passionate about people using alternative methods of transport wherever possible and the festive bus offer in partnership with Sheffield Bus Partnership means our brilliant city centre can be enjoyed by even more people over Christmas.”

Ben Gilligan, Director of Public Transport at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to work with Sheffield City Council and bus operators First and Stagecoach to help our customers make the most of what Sheffield city centre has to offer and avoid the congestion by travelling in an environmentally friendly way.

“I hope all our customers are able to take advantage of this offer and take the bus with their ‘plus one’ this Christmas.”

Councillors have also agreed to have free all day Sunday car parking in Sheffield City Council on-street pay and display bays and car parks from Sunday 19 November to Sunday 24 December which means parking will be free for the Christmas lights switch-on, on 19 November.

Tom Holmes, Co-Chair of the Sheffield Retail Forum, said: “The coming weeks are without a doubt the busiest time of the year for Sheffield City Centre’s retailers. This will encourage residents from Sheffield and the surrounding areas to spend as much time as they would like in the city centre to complete their Christmas shopping.”

Notes to editors: The Plus One offer applies to all First and Stagecoach buses in Sheffield only at the hours specified on the following dates: Sunday 3 December; Thursday 7 December; Sunday 10 December; Thursday 14 December; Sunday 17 December; Thursday 21 December; Sunday 24 December. Just show your ticket to the bus driver and your extra passenger travels free so that you can both enjoy late night shopping on Thursdays, theatres, bars and more in Sheffield city centre, inside the ring road, on Thursday evenings and Sundays.

A CityBus day ticket that you can use on all buses in Sheffield costs £4.30 and a weekly ticket just £15, one of the cheapest offers in the UK. The Plus One offer does not apply to those passengers that currently benefit from holding a free bus pass.

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