Cheaper fares and price freeze on Sheffield buses as part of devolution deal

"Cheaper Multi-operator Tickets" ''Left to right.'Paul Hopkinson, (Deputy General Manager, TM Travel)'Cllr; Tony Downing (Cabinet Advisor for Environment & Transport)'Phil Stockley (General Manager, TM Travel'Andrew Simpson (head of business performance, First, South Yorkshire)'Ian Jenkinson, (General Manager, Sheffield Community Transport)'John Young, (Stagecoach)'Dave Young (Interim Director General, SYPTE)'Matt Smallwood (Travel Master Representative)
"Cheaper Multi-operator Tickets" ''Left to right.'Paul Hopkinson, (Deputy General Manager, TM Travel)'Cllr; Tony Downing (Cabinet Advisor for Environment & Transport)'Phil Stockley (General Manager, TM Travel'Andrew Simpson (head of business performance, First, South Yorkshire)'Ian Jenkinson, (General Manager, Sheffield Community Transport)'John Young, (Stagecoach)'Dave Young (Interim Director General, SYPTE)'Matt Smallwood (Travel Master Representative)
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Transport chiefs in Sheffield have launched a new range of tickets which they claim will cut passengers’ fares by nearly a quarter.

The tickets, unveiled by the Sheffield Bus Partnership, are part of the Sheffield City Region devolution deal which will also involve a price freeze on fares until April 2017.

A public consultation took place in July looking at travel patterns, gathering the opinions of around 2,500 people.

The partnership will introduce the TravelMaster tickets this Sunday alongside sweeping changes to the bus network across Sheffield.

The shake-up - which involves removing, replacing, reducing and renumbering buses across the city - was fiercely opposed by campaigners before it was approved in September.

Transport bosses say it will improve the bus network, reduce duplication and pollution, and make it more efficient.

The new tickets will make it easier and cheaper to get on the first bus that comes along, they add.

The partnership is made up of Sheffield Council, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and bus operators First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Sheffield, Sheffield Community Transport and TM Travel.

New CityBus Day (£4), 7 Day (£14) and 28 Day (£49) tickets can be used on any bus in Sheffield.

And reduced price CityWide Day (£4.30), 7 Day (£15), 28 Day (£53) and Annual (£560) tickets can be used on any bus and tram.

Paul Hopkinson, deputy general manager for TM Travel, said: “Some of the services we provide are a lifeline to people living on estates and more remote rural areas.

“The cheaper, more joined up ticketing arrangements will help open up the rest of the network for wider travel opportunities within people’s existing budgets.”

Paul Lynch, Stagecoach Yorkshire’s managing director, said he was ‘pleased’ with the new tickets and prices and hoped they would prove ‘very popular’.

Mr Lynch said: “It shows that organisations working together in partnership can produce beneficial and sustainable change for customers that otherwise would not be possible.”

Coun Terry Fox, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “Following consultation with bus users, Sheffield Bus Partnership is delivering a package of improvements for a better co-ordinated and more efficient city bus network, reducing congestion and improving journey times.”