PLANS for a new bus network and tickets in Barnsley are to be put to transport authorities for approval next week, following consultation with local communities and councillors on proposed changes for the Borough.
Recommendations by Barnsley Bus Partnership – made up of Stagecoach Yorkshire, TM Travel, Globe Coaches, Waterson Coaches, Barnsley Council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive – aim to better coordinate buses and reduce congestion, make sure services are sustainable, and support economic growth.
It would see changes to bus timetables, routes and frequencies, including:
Area: Hoyland/ Milton/ Rockingham/ Stairfoot/ Worsborough
Change: Hourly service between Barnsley, Blacker Hill and Hoyland via Ardsley Road and Hunningley Lane to improve accessibility for the White Cross estate.
Change: 15 minute coordinated daytime service between services 20, 21 and 22 to improve spacing between buses.
Area: Worsborough/ Rockingham
Change: Improved half-hourly service between Barnsley, Hoyland Common and Wombwell, alternately serving Ward Green and Pilley, both on an hourly basis. Service 67 will replace service 220 between Wombwell and Cortonwood.
Area: Darfield/Dearne South
Change: Serving Little Houghton instead of service X26. Passengers can interchange at Wombwell for onward journeys to Barnsley.
Area: Darfield/Dearne South
Change: Serving Wombwell to improve interchange opportunities for passengers travelling to employment sites at Grimethorpe e.g. XPO Logistics.
Area: Dearne South
Change: Replacing service 203 at Aldham House to provide a more frequent service to Barnsley.
Change: Chapeltown-Sheffield section of route re-allocated to provide connections between Chapeltown-Penistone-Holmfirth, with one morning and afternoon Penistone - Sheffield peak hour trip via Northern General Hospital. Chapeltown-Sheffield journeys via Northern General Hospital remain available every 6 minutes on Sheffield service 1/1a.
Change: Two-hourly services between Barnsley - Thurgoland - Green Moor - Oxspring - Penistone - Ingbirchworth, and Stocksbridge - Wortley - Thurgoland - Penistone - Thurlstone - Millhouse Green. Two-hourly services between Stocksbridge - Green Moor - Thurgoland - Barnsley.
Area: Old Town/ Penistone
Change: Operating Barnsley - Cawthorne via Dodworth Road and Higham to provide access to Dodworth Medical Centre and improve connections to Capitol Park employment area.
Proposals will include the introduction of new ‘B-Connect’ Day, 7 Day and 28 Day tickets that can be used on any bus and will offer a discount compared to current multi-operator tickets available in the town.
Barnsley Bus Partnership’s report will be presented to Sheffield City Region (SCR) Combined Authority Transport Committee for consideration on 7 November and forms part of the transport improvement objectives drawn in the SCR Devolution Deal.
Changes are expected to be introduced in January 2017, subject to plans being approved.