Five new buses have been provided to support a local ‘lifeline’ for South Yorkshire residents.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) has funded the new, fully accessible vehicles for use on local Community Transport services, as part of its commitment to provide links for those who struggle to access mainstream public transport.
Community Transport providers across the region offer ‘Door 2 Door’ bus services which take users from their homes to places around their local area – such as supermarkets or town centres - without the need to get to a bus stop.
“We are delighted to support what is such an essential link to many. For people who find it difficult to access mainstream public transport, then Community Transport can ensure they can still get out and about. So, for us, continuing to invest in this valuable service by providing new vehicles is a must”, said Tim Taylor, SYPTE’s Director of Customer Services.
Mrs Edna Pearce (89), from S12 registered to use Community Transport in November 2012 and uses the Door 2 Door Services regularly to go shopping and to a day centre. Mrs Pearce said: “The service is a life line! I couldn’t get out and about without it. It’s so crucial to still feel part of the community and you get to know other passengers on board too, it’s lovely to feel part of something!”
Anne Cameron has also been arranging Community Transport services for her mother since April 2012, following a stroke. She added: “The Door 2 Door Services mean a lot to Mum and it’s important to her to know the drivers. We know all the Door 2 Door team now and this gives us peace of mind.”
SYPTE has invested over £895,000 since 2013, across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, in a programme to replace older and less efficient Community Transport buses with a more modern, greener fleet.
“We recently held a consultation to understand how customers use Community Transport. Almost 40% of regular users said that without it they would not be able to do what they do. Therefore, we hope that our investment means the vital service can continue for many years to come”, Tim continues.
Of the five new vehicles, three will be operated by Sheffield Community Transport and two will be added to Rotherham Community Transport’s fleet.
More information on Community Transport and registering to use the service can be found at travelsouthyorkshire.com/accessibility-door2door or by calling Traveline on 01709 51 51 51