Sheffield transport bosses advise Nigerian officials on best practice


Nigerian officials have visited transport bosses in Sheffield for advice on how to successfully run a public transport system.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) hosted a visit from fifteen delegates concerned and engaged in public transport services for the State and City of Lagos in Nigeria.

The purpose of the visit was for the officials, whose roles include driving, transport engineering and vehicle safety, to observe and learn about any aspects of the city’s successful public transport system that could be replicated and used in Lagos.

The delegates, from the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos State Branch and led by Business Development Director of Goldmere in Nigeria Taiwo Adewole, also met with Stagecoach Supertram and First South Yorkshire to see the vehicles and organisational skills demonstrated in a large British city.

Sheffield was selected over other UK cities as it is considered to offer pioneering public transport services.

SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said: “We and the operators work hard to ensure South Yorkshire benefits from an excellent public transport system. We are only too happy to share our good practice with worldwide business leaders and continue to develop and strengthen these relationships.

“Locally we have a track record for securing and delivering improvements to public transport services, for example through the Sheffield Bus Partnership in conjunction with operators First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach in Sheffield and Sheffield Community Transport, which has seen a noticeable growth in adult fare paying passengers, and we look forward to this investment continuing with the launch of Tram/Train in the coming years.”