BUSINESS leaders have given their backing to the launch of two new bus routes into Doncaster town centre.
Bus company First is starting its new Doncaster Dart services to Scawsby and Sprotbrough on Monday. They will be numbered 41 and 49.
Staff are promoting the new routes and will be in and around Doncaster all week giving away promotional chocolate ‘buses’ to customers.
The move has been welcomed by Doncaster Chamber of Commerce chief executive Howard Gannaway, who believes the new routes will help economic growth in Doncaster.
He said: “I fully support the addition of these new bus routes in Doncaster. The transportation of people for work and leisure purposes in Doncaster is one of the key factors in stimulating economic growth and therefore more routes mean more people travelling into the town, which can only be a good thing for local businesses.”
The new routes will be served by five low-floor easy-access buses, complete with CCTV cameras to monitor passengers’ behaviour. The routes will have a £1 maximum single fare.
Brandon Jones, Commercial Director for First in South Yorkshire, said: “First is launching two new exciting services in Doncaster, a move which will benefit bus passengers travelling between town and Scawsby and Sprotbrough.
“We are keen to provide a more direct bus service that will improve transport links between these areas and therefore grow passenger numbers on our buses.
“Our staff are busy preparing for the new services and will be out and about over the next few weeks to meet with our customers and to give chocolate buses away as a thank you for their loyal support.”