£88m to fund transport body

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TRANSPORT chiefs in South Yorkshire have set a budget for next year that will see £88.2 million collected from councils.

A grant of £89.7 million, down by £8.6 million, has been made to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive by the county’s transport authority in its 2012-13 budget.

The money incorporates a levy of £88.2 million on Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster councils, funded by Government transport services grants.

The authority funds concessionary travel on public transport for the young, old and mobility impaired, uncommercial local bus and train services plus bus interchanges. It also works with councils as well as transport operators to make improvements.