• Cheaper multi-operator tickets to save passengers up to 23%
• Prices frozen until at least April 2017
• Package of local bus improvements by Sheffield Bus Partnership
SHEFFIELD bus users are set to benefit from new and cheaper tickets that make it easier to get on the first bus that comes along.
New CityBus Day (£4), 7 Day (£14) and 28 Day (£49) tickets that can be used on any bus in Sheffield, and reduced price CityWide Day (£4.30), 7 Day (£15), 28 Day (£53) and Annual (£560) tickets that can be used on any bus and tram, will offer passengers a discount of up to 23% against the nearest existing ticket, with prices frozen until April 2017.
Sheffield Bus Partnership - made up of Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and bus operators First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach in Sheffield, Sheffield Community Transport and TM Travel – will introduce the TravelMaster tickets alongside a revised city-wide bus network on 1 November.
The move forms part of a package of local bus improvements, drawn up in the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal, that builds on the success of Sheffield Bus Partnership. In a ground-breaking initiative, the Partnership has used collective resource to directly benefit passengers by delivering a ‘more efficient and integrated network’ and, working together with TravelMaster, provide a ‘simplified and more attractively priced ticket range.’
Plans were shaped using passenger travel patterns and community feedback from around 2,500 people, following public consultation in July.
Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Cllr Terry Fox, said: “Sheffield Bus Partnership, following consultation with bus users, is delivering a package of improvements for a better coordinated and more efficient city bus network that reduces congestion and improves journey times. With lower priced multi-operator fares and improved access to the city centre, employment and training sites, it is an altogether better bus deal for Sheffield.”
Business Manager for First Bus in Sheffield, Paul Flanagan, said: "This latest announcement by the Sheffield Bus Partnership makes travel by bus even better value for money and provides even greater convenience for customers. First South Yorkshire is delighted to be part of this innovative package that is leading the way with an integrated and great value bus network. The fact these prices are frozen until April 2017 makes travel by bus even more attractive and we're looking forward to welcoming even more customers on board."
Managing Director for Stagecoach Yorkshire, Paul Lynch, said: “We're pleased to be able to introduce these new tickets and prices as we anticipate that they will prove very popular alongside the revised network. It shows that organisations working together in partnership can produce beneficial and sustainable change for customers that otherwise would not be possible.”
Deputy General Manager for TM Travel, Paul Hopkinson, said: “Some of the services we provide are a lifeline to people living on some estates and more remote and rural areas. The cheaper, more joined up ticketing arrangements will help open up the rest of the network for wider travel opportunities within people’s existing budgets. In addition, it will make public transport easier to use and a more credible alternative to other modes of transport.”
Bus users across South Yorkshire will also benefit from ticket improvements from 1 November, including:
• Simplified rules for single and multi-operator calendar month tickets, meaning all tickets will change to a 28 day uniform duration with related savings passed on to passengers.
• Reduced price RConnect 7 Day (£15.50) and 28 Day (£54) tickets for use on any bus in Rotherham.
• New, cross boundary Connect South 7 Day (£24) and 28 Day (£90) tickets - valid on any bus and tram in Sheffield, Rotherham and to/from Chesterfield (Beetwell St), Dronfield, Clowne and Worksop (Bus Station).
• New, cross boundary Connect East 7 Day (£24) and 28 Day (£90) tickets - valid on any bus in Doncaster and to/from Selby (Audus St), Goole, Retford (Bus Station) and Worksop (Bus Station).
Information about bus service and ticket changes is available online at travelsouthyorkshire.com, at bus stops and in Interchanges.