Bus initiative up for awards as passenger numbers rise

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Sheffield’s Bus Partnership Agreement, in which operators work with the council and transport officials to plan the network and fares, has been shortlisted for awards.

The scheme, which has led to a 5.8 per cent rise in passenger numbers, is in the running for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Annual Awards, and three honours in the National Transport Awards 2013.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “It’s good to see the groundbreaking agreement has been recognised at national level.

“However, the real test of the agreement’s success is in the quality of the bus service to the people of Sheffield. Customer complaints are down and patronage is up 5.8 per cent, against a background of a decreasing number of passengers across the rest of South Yorkshire.

“It seems to show that the agreement is being seen both nationally and by local people as providing a better service.”

Passengers are being urged to give their views on changes to Sheffield’s bus network, which include cuts to some evening and Sunday services.

Visit www.sheffieldbuspartnership.co.uk or ask for details at transport interchanges.