Sheffield growth continues thanks to partnership

 

New figures show that the number of people using buses in Sheffield continues to rise.

Reversing the long-term decline of the city’s bus market, there are 4.65m more fare-paying passengers (9.6%) in 18 months. .

The results are attributed by all parties to the award-winning Sheffield Bus Partnership.

Passenger numbers for overall journeys as part of the city’s ground-breaking partnership have grown by 740,000 (0.9%) in the first 18 months.

Fare-paying passengers have risen sharply by nearly 10% at an increase of 4.65m. Records also show continued improvements in punctuality and reliability, with 98.7% of buses running as scheduled, and up to 170 (44%) fewer customer complaints received a month, compared to pre-Partnership levels and levels elsewhere in the county.

It builds on the positive results delivered by the award-winning Partnership since it launched in October 2012, with 2.87m (3%) additional overall passenger journeys predicted for its first two years of operation.

Sheffield Bus Partnership brings together South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Sheffield City Council, Stagecoach in Sheffield, First South Yorkshire, and Sheffield Community Transport.

Speaking on behalf of the Partnership, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, says: “Together with a flexible network, value-for-money tickets, and figures showing improvements in punctuality and reliability, the new passenger numbers highlight the difference Sheffield Bus Partnership continues to make.”

Picture shows Transport Minister of State Norman Baker MP (centre) with SCC Cabinet Member with responsibility for transport Cllr Leigh Bramall (left) and then SYPTE Director General David Brown, endorsing the ground breaking agreement in November 2012.

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