In response to the publication of the South Yorkshire Bus Review report, SYPTE Executive Director, Stephen Edwards, said:
“The Bus Review highlights how vital a strong, reliable, interconnected bus network is for the people of South Yorkshire, and the challenges there have been in delivering this in recent years. We welcome the report’s recognition that more investment, robust leadership, greater accountability and firm commitment is needed, to secure a sustainable and thriving bus network that is responsive to customer needs.
“It is no secret that successive years of public transport funding cuts has had a negative impact on the bus network and its customers. We recognise that we have not always been able to get things right. The tough financial environment, and legislative framework, in which we have had to operate, has limited SYPTE’s ability to protect or improve services.
“We know that fundamental change is needed to address bus decline and the review recommendations offer an opportunity to shape a better, more integrated bus network for the future.
“Strengthening the importance of transport within the Combined Authority - to better integrate and build upon transport expertise - will bridge the gaps, between funding and accountability, and strategic and operational delivery.
“We continue to work closely with the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority, bus operators, customers and community groups to address areas for improvement highlighted in the report.”