Buses boost thanks to £5 million of new funding

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BUS bosses in South Yorkshire say they are planning a host of improvements after receiving a cash boost from the Government of nearly £5 million.

The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive will spend the £4.91m on highway improvements, new bus lanes, bus priority traffic lights, travel smartcards and new bus stops displaying live timetable information.

Bosses say the work will improve access for passengers and result in a predicted 1.2 million extra bus journeys each year.

It should also cut carbon emissions by reducing boarding times on buses.

As well as the money from the Department for Transport, another £7.3m is to be raised locally. The scheme has been developed in partnership with bus operators.

Work will include improvements along Ecclesall Road to relieve bottlenecks at Moore Street roundabout, Hunters Bar and Bents Green.

Bus clearways, raised kerbs and special paving will be installed at 30 stops.

Further improvements will be made on the Sheffield to Halfway route which will see bus lanes installed at Granville Road, Mansfield Road and City Road to reduce delays.

Work will also be carried out to key Sheffield commuter routes, in Thrybergh in Rotherham, in Barnsley town centre, and on Woodfield Way in Doncaster. And young people will get a smartcard for free travel for up to three months, to help them get to jobs or training.

David Brown, SYPTE director general, said: “We are delighted our bid has been successful.

“The Better Bus Area Fund will help to get transport moving more efficiently on key corridors which support employment.”

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