ONE hundred and twenty employees from Sheffield’s Fargate and Orchard Square shops are making the switch to public transport for 28 days, starting from this year’s Catch the Bus Week (29 June to 5 July).
Workers who usually drive have signed up to leave their cars at home and give the bus a go through the government-backed ‘Busboost’ scheme, aimed at promoting the benefits of public transport to those that don’t normally use it.
Staff taking part will enjoy nearly a month’s free travel throughout the county, on any bus, tram or train in return for moving their commute from the car, and can expect benefits such as saving money on petrol and car parking charges, incorporating exercise into their daily route by walking to and from the stop or station, and contributing to cleaner air.
Aimed at drivers, Busboost is delivered by Inmotion! and funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. City centre businesses are starting the scheme in conjunction with the national, annual event Catch the Bus Week.
Catch the Bus Week 2015 is supported by Sheffield Bus Partnership made up of representatives from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach in Sheffield, Sheffield Community Transport and Sheffield City Council. Activities will be taking place throughout the week to increase awareness of the benefits of taking the bus.
Councillor Terry Fox, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “I hope those taking advantage of this trial offer will realise just how convenient it is to take a bus to work and hopefully continue to use public transport as an effective way of getting to work in the future. If we can encourage more people to use public transport, it will reduce congestion on our roads and improve pollution levels across the city.”
David Young, SYPTE Interim Director General, said: “We’ve received a fantastic response from Sheffield’s City Centre businesses committing to the Busboost scheme and I hope everyone enjoys their free travel trial and the benefits of public transport.
“Though the Inmotion! Project we are widening the sustainable travel options available to help people access work opportunities, supporting economic growth and reducing town centre congestion and CO2 emissions. By providing the Busboost ticket on smartcard, we aim to make it even easier for participants to top the card up with a range of TravelMaster tickets at PayZone stores or ticket machines in Interchanges after the trial, and to continue to use public transport.
Angela Cowley, Operations Manager, Orchard Square Shopping Centre, said: “Thanks to Inmotion! for offering our staff the opportunity to be included in the Busboost promotion, which not only invites them to use public transport free of charge for 28 days but in doing so they are helping to free up congestion on the routes into Sheffield City Centre”.
The Inmotion! scheme launched in February 2013 and is made up of representatives from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and the four South Yorkshire District Councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. Established following a successful bid for £24.6 million from the Department for Transport’s ‘Local Sustainable Transport Fund’, the scheme aims to help boost South Yorkshire’s local economy and get people back to work.
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