Thousands giving up cars for South Yorkshire buses

Chris Broadhead
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More than 4,000 workers from South Yorkshire companies have given up their car in favour of travelling by bus through a new scheme.

Busboost – run by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and the county’s four local councils – encourages employees to leave their cars at home in return for up to 28 days’ free travel on buses, trains and trams.

One of the most recent Sheffield firms to sign up has been outsourcing company Capita, and 240 staff have registered.

Chris Broadhead, Capita’s health and environment manager, said: “Many of our employees travel to work from different areas such as Barnsley, Pontefract, Rotherham, and Sheffield.

“With limited car parking spaces available we wanted to make people aware of the alternative travel options available.

“As a business, we take our employees’ health and wellbeing seriously and the Busboost initiative has been a resounding success for the employees taking part. It was really easy to get involved and I would encourage other businesses to give it a go.”

The project – part of a programme called Inmotion – is funded by South Yorkshire PTE’s £24.6m Local Sustainable Transport Fund.