Bus passenger numbers rise in Rotherham

(l-r) Phil Stockley, of TN Travel, John Young, of Stage Coach, Cllr Maggie Godfrey, Dave Young, SYPTE, Ben Gilligan, of First Travel, and Ian Ashmore, of Rotherham Council, stand infront of the buses outside Rotherham Minster to celebrate the six month of the Rotherham Bus Partnership. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Phil Stockley, of TN Travel, John Young, of Stage Coach, Cllr Maggie Godfrey, Dave Young, SYPTE, Ben Gilligan, of First Travel, and Ian Ashmore, of Rotherham Council, stand infront of the buses outside Rotherham Minster to celebrate the six month of the Rotherham Bus Partnership. Picture: Andrew Roe
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More people are using buses in Rotherham – with an increase in 100,000 passengers over the last year.

The increase in passenger numbers is being attributed to improvements in the area’s bus service following the introduction of the Rotherham Bus Partnership in July 2014.

Representatives from the voluntary partnership between Rotherham Council, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Stagecoach, First and TM Travel marked the six-month milestone at Rotherham Minster Gardens.

Since the partnership launch, fare-paying passengers have risen by 240,000 – an increase of six per cent – and child passengers by 20,000 – 2.7 per cent. Records show improvements in punctuality and reliability, with 92 per cent of buses running on time and 98.6 per cent as scheduled.

The introduction of the multi-operator Rotherham Connect tickets have also seen some fares fall.

The partnership monitors and identifies locations and causes of bus delays. Changes to further improve services have bee made this month.

Coun Maggie Godfrey, Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for safe and attractive neighbourhoods, said: “These latest figures reflect our original partnership aims to create a network that is simple to understand, easy to use and is affordable and we’re pleased to see the positive increases in passenger numbers, customer satisfaction and service levels.”

Coun Bill Mordue, Sheffield City Region Combined Transport Committee chairman, said: “We are delighted that more people are travelling on Rotherham’s buses. We have tried very hard to listen to customers and local communities to provide a bus network that is designed around their needs, and which people can depend on.”