SYPTE's response to public transport funding announcement

23/05/2020

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s (SYPTE) Executive Director, Stephen Edwards, said:

“We welcome today’s announcement from the Secretary of State confirming further funding for the region’s bus and Supertram network, as well as investment to support increased walking and cycling.

“This funding will be essential as we work closely with public transport operators to reinstate as much of the network’s capacity as possible over the coming weeks, so people who have no alternative to public transport can travel and stay safe.

“However, the measures put in place by both operators and SYPTE to support social distancing while travelling during the Covid-19 crisis will mean, that even with increased services running, the public transport network will only be able to take a fraction of the passengers it did before.

“That’s why I am asking everyone in the region to play their part by following these guidelines to help passengers and staff to stay safe on our region’s buses, trams, tram trains and trains.  If you can please continue to work from home. Do not use public transport unless you have no alternative and walk or cycle where possible. Avoid travelling at peak times and consider changing your start and finish times or your route. Aim to wear a face covering and keep a safe distance when on public transport, and pay contactless, wherever possible.  Together, we must all do what we can to contain coronavirus.”

Emergency public transport timetables remain in place. Customers can also get the latest information online at travelsouthyorkshire.com/servicechanges, by calling Traveline on 01709 515151 between 8am and 6pm, seven days a week, or on Travel South Yorkshire’s social media channels. 

Detailed information about travelling and staying safe will be regularly updated at travelsouthyorkshire.com/coronavirus reflecting Government guidance. Government guidance is available at gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers