Barnsley MP says bus services 'simply not good enough'

Stephanie Peacock, Barnsley East's MP, has said that bus services in the area are "not good enough" following a report commissioned by Dan Jarvis, the Sheffield City Region Mayor.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 2:42 pm
Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock

The Independent Bus Review, which launched in 2019, aimed to carry out a comprehensive assessment of bus services in Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield.

The report concludes that South Yorkshire bus services are not fit for the 21st century, finding that funding has fallen by 48 per cent in the last decade, while journeys have fallen by 23 million in the same period.

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Ms Peacock said: "This report confirms what residents in our community have known for quite some time – bus services in Barnsley are simply not good enough.

"Alongside a drastic fall in funding over the last ten years, our area has seen services become more infrequent, less reliable, or even disappear altogether, and the report unsurprisingly found that significant numbers of Barnsley residents are dissatisfied with our local bus services.

"Bus services are so important for residents in our community – for many, they are the only way to get to the shops, to appointments, or to see friends and family.

"So I welcome this report as a first step to understanding the problems we face with our local bus services, and hope we can now work towards ensuring that residents here in Barnsley have the world class bus service we need and deserve."

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