Proposals to enhance Barnsley’s bus network will go to public consultation next week, as transport authorities seek people’s views on planned service changes for the town.
Plans by the newly-formed Barnsley Bus Partnership, which include changes to bus routes and service numbers, aim to better meet the needs of people living in, working in, and visiting the town by providing a better coordinated, more efficient and integrated network.
The Partnership brings together local bus operators Stagecoach Yorkshire, Arriva, TM Travel, Globe Coaches, Waterson Coaches with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) to progress the public transport development objectives in Sheffield City Region’s Devolution Deal.
The proposed bus network will play a key role in improving access to employment and training sites, trains and other bus routes, whilst ensuring that the bus offer is financially sustainable for fare payers and bus operators, and makes the most of public funding during challenging financial times.
Public consultation on Barnsley’s planned bus route changes will take place between Monday 13 June and Sunday 31 July 2016 online at travelsouthyorkshire.com/bbp. Paper feedback forms will be available from Customer Service Desks at Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Meadowhall, and Sheffield Interchanges for those without access to the internet. Consultation drop-in sessions with Barnsley Bus Partnership representatives will take place at:
• Barnsley Interchange, 15 June from 8 – 11am
• Barnsley Central Library, 17 June from 2 – 5pm
• Royston Library, 22 June from 9am – 12pm
• Grimethorpe Library, 24 June from 9 – 12pm
• Barnsley Interchange, 27 June from 3 – 6pm
• Hoyland Library, 29 June from 2 – 5pm
• Wombwell Library, 5 July from 2 – 5pm
• Penistone Library, 7 July from 3 – 6pm
• Barnsley Interchange, 11 July from 3 – 6pm
• Goldthorpe Library, 14 July from 3 – 6pm
• Barnsley Interchange, 19 July from 3 – 6pm
• The Darton Centre, 27 July from 2 – 5pm
Feedback will be used to inform decision-making on the proposed bus service changes, which are expected to be implemented in January 2017.
Paul Lynch, Managing Director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said “The Barnsley Bus Partnership is about working together for the benefit of passengers across the town. Working together will help us offer more travel flexibility for passengers, which can only help further grow the number of people using public transport in their local community.”
Councillor Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, said: “Barnsley Bus Partnership is committed to progressing the aims of the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal to improve public transport in our region.
“Our proposals aim to provide a bus service offer that is coordinated, efficient and affordable. We want a service that better meets customer needs, supports access to employment, training and leisure and also aligns with our plans to create a thriving and vibrant economy. The council has developed a long-term plan to grow the economy for the borough and this includes providing better public transport and infrastructure. This new bus service offer will also contribute to reducing congestion and improving air quality.”
For more information visit travelsouthyorkshire.com/bbp