South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is reminding people to have their say on public transport information, bus stops and interchanges in their public consultation, closing on Wednesday 8 October.
The ‘Have Your Say’ consultation is seeking people’s views on the journeys they take on public transport, what tickets they buy and how they buy them, and how they like their public transport information to be delivered. It also asks about transport interchanges, bus stops and the customer services that SYPTE provides.
Nearly 1,000 people have already given their views. The easiest way to take part is online at www.sypte.co.uk/haveyoursay. Paper copies are also available from Travel South Yorkshire Information Centres.
Faced with the need to make budget cuts, SYPTE is consulting with the public on behalf of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee to make sure that money is spent in the places where it is needed most.
Over the past four years, SYPTE has had its budget reduced by more than £25 million and has made deep cuts to its workforce. This year saw cutbacks made to the OAP concessionary travel scheme, community transport fares went up by 50p and funding was withdrawn from the FreeBee bus services in Sheffield, Rotherham and the #638 Park and Ride express bus service in Doncaster.
David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “SYPTE needs to look at further ways of saving money, which is why we are asking the public about how we provide public transport information and about our interchanges. The feedback we get will help us to plan how we deliver these services in the future.
“We have had to make some difficult choices over the past few years, and the financial environment remains challenging, but we are not currently working on plans to change the current concessionary travel offer or to cut the bus services funded by SYPTE.”
A report summarising the views people share through the consultation will be made available online at sypte.co.uk/haveyoursay, or by request in hard copy form, from November 2014. To request a hard copy of the report, please email email@example.com