New government funding for South Yorkshire's light rail network welcomed

22/10/2020

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

“Throughout the pandemic South Yorkshire’s public transport network has played a critical role in connecting people to the places they need to be. The government’s latest announcement of just over £2.6 million of funding for light rail in our region will allow us to secure the stability of the Supertram network, protecting and maintaining services for passengers for the next 12 weeks. We continue to work with the Department for Transport on securing longer-term sustainability for the Supertram network during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.”

“Our region is facing substantial challenges in the months ahead, with Very High local Covid alert level restrictions (Tier 3) coming into force from this weekend (24 October).  The stability this funding offers will ensure we can continue to provide an integrated public transport network for those people travelling to work, school, venues and amenities that remain open across the region.

“Passengers can be confident that we are working together with operators to do everything we can to help them to travel as safely as possible. We are also asking people to plan ahead and, where possible, to be flexible about when they travel. Think about whether it’s possible to walk or cycle instead, check if you can avoid peak times, and travel smart to keep yourself and others safe.

“We can all play our part to stop the spread of coronavirus, by washing our hands, wearing a face covering and keeping our distance, on board public transport, in interchanges and at stations.”

“Please remember you must not travel if you, or a member of your household, has symptoms of Covid-19 and you should avoid travelling into and out of a Very High local Covid alert level area unless you need to for work, education, to access youth services or because of caring responsibilities.”

Coronavirus travel information and advice, public transport updates and timetables are available at travelsouthyorkshire.com/coronavirus