News: Cheaper fares and price freeze on Sheffield buses as part of devolution deal

Sheffield Star 26th October 2015  “Transport chiefs in Sheffield have launched a new range of tickets which they claim will cut passengers’ fares by nearly a quarter. The tickets, unveiled by the Sheffield Bus Partnership, are part of the Sheffield City Region devolution deal which will also involve a price freeze on fares until April 2017. The partnership will introduce the TravelMaster tickets this Sunday alongside sweeping changes to the bus network across Sheffield.

A public consultation took place in July looking at travel patterns, gathering the opinions of around 2,500 people. The shake-up – which involves removing, replacing, reducing and renumbering buses across the city – was fiercely opposed by campaigners before it was approved in September.

Transport bosses say it will improve the bus network, reduce duplication and pollution, and make it more efficient. … Coun Fox said: “With lower priced multi-operator fares and improved access to the city centre, employment and training sites, it is an altogether better bus deal for Sheffield.” … The new tickets will make it easier and cheaper to get on the first bus that comes along.

The partnership is made up of Sheffield Council, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and bus operators First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Sheffield, Sheffield Community Transport and TM Travel.”

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