Bus operators and South Yorkshire transport bosses are working together on a new agreement to improve bus punctuality and reliability in Sheffield.
The Punctuality Improvement Partnership (PIP) is a five year commitment that will see transport authorities working with Sheffield’s bus operators, aimiing to reduce congestion and improve time keeping on bus routes.
Minimum targets have been set for 98 per cent of bus journeys to operate and 90.5 per cent to run on time.
The PIP programme is supported by the Department for Transport and aims to see ‘a real positive difference to the local bus services which support businesses and connect communities.’
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) will lead the project with support from Sheffield City Council together with bus companies First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Yorkshire, TM Travel and Sheffield Community Transport. All parties agree that partnership working is essential to achieving reliable and punctual bus services.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive interim director general David Young said: “This partnership approach acknowledges that improving punctuality and reliability is a collective responsibility.
“We will work tirelessly together to further improve the customer offer, building on the progress from the partnerships in Rotherham and Sheffield, and make buses a reliable alternative to car travel.”
Paul Lynch, managing director at Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We have already achieved great things for Sheffield and Rotherham bus services through our Bus Partnership’s, and working closely together with our partners in the Punctuality Improvement Partnership means that we can make further strides in maintaining high standards of punctuality and reliability across South Yorkshire, encouraging people out of cars and onto buses, which have continually developed as a realistic alternative to the car.
Ben Gilligan, managing director for First South Yorkshire said: “Providing punctual and reliable services on a consistent basis is crucial to attracting even more people onto public transport. By working together in partnership we have already been able to improve services for customers. First therefore welcomes the renewed focus of all the partners in improving bus punctuality for customers across South Yorkshire and further boosting the number of people switching to using buses.”