Cashless buses a ticket to ride

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ONE of the most frustrating parts of having to travel on public transport is having the correct change or small enough coinage to buy your ticket.

So today’s announcement by South Yorkshire’s biggest bus operator that it is introducing a cashless ticketing system is music to our ears.

Now, instead of fumbling for your loose change, you will be able to swipe your bank debit card and have the money deducted direct from your bank account.

It is the first step to using the technology we have at our fingertips.

The next and easiest for most people will be to have a system where you can simply swipe your mobile phone and have the money deducted.

This initiative will hopefully encourage more people to use public transport and so help to cut the congestion on our streets.

There are still many people, however who do not have bank accounts or who are nervous about keeping a check on how much money is coming out of them without them knowing.

Which is why it is important that we move towards a cashless society gradually.

After all, we do not want to disenfranchise the people who rely on public transport the most.

A football legacy the city is proud of

AFTER 16 years of unstinting service, the director of one of Sheffield’s most successful community organisations is to step down.

Howard Holmes helped set up Football Unites, Racism Divides in 1995 and has overseen its growth into a project with both a national and international profile.

Whether it was uncovering the long-lost history of Britain’s first black professional footballer Arthur Wharton or spotting the talents of star player Kyle Walker, Howard proved he had an eye for a winner.

He says FURD is his proudest achievement in a long career spent working with young people.

And he is right to feel this way. The organisation has done sterling work and helped promote the profile of the beautiful game in the most positive of ways.

No wonder Howard doesn’t really want to leave, but he leaves a fabulous legacy for a new director to build on.

Hidden treasure

SHEFFIELD’S proud past will be in the spotlight with this weekend’s Heritage Open Days and there’s lots to learn.

Events are taking place at some of the city’s most famous historical attractions but there’s also the chance to discover some of the hidden treasures.

And remember, it doesn’t matter how old you are – there’s always something new to find out there.