Pioneering bus scheme nominated for award

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A pioneering scheme to create better bus services, leading to a big increase in passenger numbers, has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Business Awards.

Sheffield Bus Partnership - one of the first in the country - involves companies working together to provide services and a range of inter-operator tickets.

The scheme has been shortlisted for a Sheffield Business Award in the environmental category.

David Young, deputy interim director general of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, which oversees the partnership, said: “It has been a year of huge progress for Sheffield Bus Partnership and I am delighted this hard work has been recognised.

“We took responsibility under this agreement not only to improve Sheffield’s bus offer for our customers, but to reduce the network’s environmental impact too.

“Through investment in the bus fleet and an improved network through bus priority measures and highway improvements, we hope to help to improve Sheffield’s air quality and contribute to a greener, cleaner city for all.”

Achievements of the partnership so far include securing an £18 million Government grant, and an increase in overall bus passengers of 5.3 per cent in the last three months.

Adult fare-paying passenger numbers have risen by 14 per cent.

Operators have also spent millions of pounds upgrading their fleet, and making a commitment to replace 400 vehicles with the latest, environmentally-friendly, models by 2017.

The awards, sponsored by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and The Star, will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, December 5, at Ponds Forge.