60 jobs at risk at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

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SIXTY jobs will be lost at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive as £6.8 million of cuts are made over the next year.

The authority, which oversees public transport in the county, is likely to have its budget reduced from £90 million to £83.2m in 2013/14.

Staffing levels are set to be cut from 360 to 300.

But managers say they are not planning to cut subsidised services and the only change to concessionary travel is a 10p rise in young persons’ travel from 60p to 70p per journey, which has already been announced.

Free bus travel for pensioners and disabled people is funded by the Government but additional free journeys on trains and trams, subsidised by the PTE, will also remain.

Staff will be reduced at travel centres and interchanges and at the Traveline information service.

But SYPTE director general David Brown said: “We are planning to minimise the impact to the travelling public by better-using what staff we have.

“Opening hours at the centres and of Traveline will not be affected.”

SYPTE is in consultation with trade unions about redundancies, a large proportion of which are likely to be compulsory and will have been completed by March.

A 90-day notice has been submitted to the Government informing officials of the job losses.

Mr Brown said: “We have tried to minimise the impact to the travelling public and we are aiming to protect services.”

The job losses bring the total at SYPTE to 100 since 2011/12.

The budget cut is expected to be approved at a meeting of councillors from across South Yorkshire who oversee the PTE, on December 6.

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