More leaving cars at home

A First bus in Sheffield
A First bus in Sheffield
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Nearly 4,500 people in Sheffield have stopped using their cars to get around the city, new figures have shown.

The statistics issued by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive reveal buses are growing in popularity, with almost 15 per cent of passengers saying they are using services more frequently.

Transport bosses say the figures point to the success of the Sheffield Bus Partnership, which aims to make buses more reliable and cut pollution on the roads.

Over the past two years, the number of people travelling by car has fallen by nearly two per cent – 4,489 people – while fare-paying bus passenger numbers have grown by nearly 10 per cent.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “The partnership has led to many more journeys by bus and a reduction in the number of cars on our roads, which helps to tackle congestion and benefits everyone.”

The partnership, set up 18 months ago, has seen the introduction of new tickets and environmentally-friendly buses, as well as investment in bus stops and traffic management measures.

Ben Still, SYPTE’s interim director general, said: “By working together and listening to local communities we will continue to design Sheffield’s bus offer around customer needs, to deliver a service which people want to use and can depend on – in an effort to cut congestion and reduce pollution on the roads.”