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SHEFFIELD could be moving a significant step closer to an integrated public transport system with transport bosses investigating plans to allow passengers to buy tickets which allow them to travel with any bus operator.

The Optio scheme should make it easier, as well as cheaper, to get around the city and this ought to bring about the much-trumpeted switch to public transport for some people.

For years Sheffield’s various authorities have championed the cause of public transport but the public has shown a marked reluctance to take up the challenge.

One reason is believed to be the confusing and conflicting transport network which hardly encourages passengers to switch between operators.

Under this new scheme, however, trails have shown that passenger numbers can be increased and there is now a very real possibility that we may see people letting public transport take the strain of ferrying them around our city.

Tell us where our money is going

IT looks as though it is almost inevitable that there will be some disruption to Sheffield’s rubbish collection service after bin men voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, which could include an overtime ban.

But we suspect that many people in the city will have great sympathy with the workers who have not had a pay rise for the last three years.

For throughout this period, the company which employs the staff – Veolia – has continued to receive increased payments from the city council to cover the rise in inflation.

Surely this ought to be covering things such as increases in the wages of the staff who take to the streets in all weathers to clear up our rubbish.

And we believe that the council ought to have a right to know how this money is being spent. After all they pay it on our behalf.

Well done, Lily

AS the Government looks to the Big Society to lead the way in providing community services as councils feel the financial pinch, we are delighted to highlight one group in Sheffield which is making a huge difference in its community.

Shiregreen Tranx was set up 25 years ago by local woman Lily Watson to help people overcome their addiction to tranquillisers. A quarter of a century on and the group is still going strong.

This is a great example of how individuals can make a big difference to society. Well done to Lily and her team.