Get on board for launch of new bus partnership

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WALKABOUTS and street events will be held to mark the launch of Sheffield’s revamped bus network.

The new Sheffield Bus Partnership starts on Sunday, October 28, and involves numerous route changes, but also cheaper tickets.

In the four days before the launch, a series of activities are taking place, organised by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, to inform users of the changes.

PTE staff will be on walkabouts in the city centre and outlying areas from Stocksbridge to Bents Green.

There will be events in Tudor Square, in the city centre, and transport interchanges.

The Sheffield Bus Partnership involves the PTE, First, Stagecoach, TM Travel, Sheffield Community Transport and Sheffield Council.

The new network will mean a new discounted multi-operator ticket which will see fares fall by as much as 23 per cent.

Up to 35 per cent of customers stand to benefit from the new fares, according to South Yorkshire PTE.

As well as a city-wide day ticket – which can be used on any operator’s service and will cost £4.30 – new weekly, 28-day and annual citywide tickets will be introduced.

Other improvements are to include fewer changes to routes and timetables and greener, low-floor buses.