- 2% fewer car users on Sheffield’s roads
- 4.65 million more fare-paying bus passengers (9.6%)
- 14% of bus passengers are travelling more
New figures show that fewer people are using cars on Sheffield’s roads, with more people opting to take public transport instead.
Over the past two years, the number of people traveling by car has fallen nearly 2% (by 4,489 people), while fare-paying passenger numbers for bus journeys in the city have grown by nearly 10% - an increase of 4.65 million.
Two per cent of bus passengers also say that they have switched from using a car, and 14% of passengers are making more journeys by bus.
Transport bosses have attributed the move to the success of Sheffield Bus Partnership, which aims to make using the bus a viable alternative to the car in a bid to reduce congestion and pollution on the city’s roads.
Since its launch in October 2012, the award-winning Partnership between Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), and bus operators Stagecoach in Sheffield, First South Yorkshire and Sheffield Community Transport, has created a simpler, more co-ordinated bus network for the city that has seen continued improvements to bus punctuality, reliability, and customer satisfaction.
It has also introduced a new range of value-for-money tickets that can be used on any bus or tram in Sheffield, put 120 new environmentally-friendly buses on the city’s roads, and invested £4.5 million in bus stops, bus routes and traffic management.
Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development, Councillor Leigh Bramall, said: “These figures are good news for everybody. The Bus Partnership Agreement has led to many more journeys by bus and a reduction in the number of cars on our roads, which helps to tackle congestion and benefits everyone.”
First South Yorkshire Managing Director, Ben Gilligan, said: "These survey results demonstrate the success of the Partnership in making public transport even more attractive. This is good news for everyone in Sheffield by providing improved bus services that help connect communities and keep Sheffield moving by reducing congestion. We look forward to continuing our work with partners to keep improving services and attracting even more people to public transport."
Stagecoach Yorkshire Managing Director, Paul Lynch, said: “Over the last two years, the Partnership has consistently improved Sheffield bus services to benefit the customer, and we are now seeing real evidence of the way that voluntary partnerships can make buses a more attractive travel option for local communities. We will continue to work together to put the customer first, and hopefully encourage more car users to give the bus a go.”
SYPTE Interim Director General, Ben Still, said: “Sheffield Bus Partnership is continually making the city’s bus network better to encourage more people to make their journeys by public transport instead of by car. By working together and listening to local communities we will continue to design Sheffield’s bus offer around customer needs, to deliver a service which people want to use and can depend on - in an effort to cut congestion and reduce pollution on Sheffield’s roads.”
For more information visit sheffieldbuspartnership.co.uk