Bus partnership boosts journeys

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TRANSPORT Minister Norman Baker has praised Sheffield Bus Partnership for helping to deliver passenger growth of up to 20 per cent.

In a House of Commons debate on bus transport, the Liberal Democrat minister said: “In Sheffield, for example, a wonderful partnership has been established by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, and the price of multi-operated tickets has been reduced by 14 per cent to stimulate passenger growth further.

“In Sheffield, First has reduced its commercial fares by almost 40 per cent. FirstGroup has seen passenger growth higher than 20 per cent across the whole of Sheffield, which equates to more than 50,000 additional journeys.”

He said initiatives such as Sheffield’s are ‘driving up passenger numbers’.