Plans for the refined bus network, incorporating changes centred on customer and community feedback, will be considered by Sheffield City Region (SCR) Combined Authority Transport Committee at their meeting on 1 September. Key changes include:
Fewer changes to bus service numbers
Peak period services from Dore through to Hallamshire Hospital (current service 70)
Retained links from Derbyshire Lane to Woodseats and city centre (current service 19/20a)
Reinstatement of the SL2 Supertram link at Malin Bridge
Retained links between Grenoside, Foxhill and Hillsborough
Retained links between Firth Park Road and Burngreave
Service 42 and 70 to provide a 15 minute service between Arbourthorne Eastern Avenue and city centre
Sheffield Bus Partnership – made up of local bus operators, Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) – undertook the network review as part of work to progress the public transport aims drawn in the SCR Devolution Deal to improve and sustain local bus services.
SCR Transport Committee will consider a full package of bus improvements as part of the Devolution Deal proposals. Plans to complement the network review include the introduction of a simplified and more attractively priced multi-operator ticket range on smartcard.
New CityBus (any bus in Sheffield) and reduced CityWide (any bus and tram in Sheffield) tickets will offer a discount of up to 23% against the nearest existing ticket for passengers travelling with more than one bus company, or by different modes of public transport. Prices will be frozen until April 2017.
CityBus Day - £4 (11% saving), 7 Day - £14 (17% saving) and 28 Day - £49 (23% saving)
CityWide Day - £4.30 (4% saving), 7 Day - £15 (12% saving), 28 Day - £53 (17% saving), Annual - £560 (19% saving)
Speaking on behalf of Sheffield Bus Partnership, SYPTE Interim Director General David Young said: “Thank you to the public for their high level of response to the Sheffield Bus Partnership network consultation. This valuable feedback has helped us to carefully develop, and make changes and improvements to the proposed bus network based on passenger travel patterns and community needs.
“Sheffield Bus Partnership has considered all public sector and commercial operator bus services to create a city-wide network that is better co-ordinated, sustainable and meets the transport aims of the SCR Devolution Deal. Duplicate services and buses that are not well used have been removed, and services re-routed or reinvested to parts of the city that need them more. For example, to improve access to employment, education or community services.
“We hope the refined bus network and the reduction in ticket prices will be welcomed by existing and new bus users.”
Sheffield network changes are expected to be implemented the weekend of 31 October 2015 with the cheaper tickets also being available in Sheffield and Rotherham on the same date, subject to plans being passed by SCR Transport Committee.