Doncaster consultation in devolution deal
Proposals to optimise Doncaster’s bus network will go to public consultation this week, as authorities look to progress the public transport aims proposed in Sheffield City Region’s (SCR) Devolution Deal. Feedback from this exercise is to be used to inform decision making on the proposed bus service changes, which are expected to be implemented in May 2016.
The planned bus network is expected to play a key role in developing local transport to better meet the needs of the growing economy and customers by providing a more coordinated, more efficient and better integrated network. The utilisation of services also aims to improve access to employment and training sites and trains and other bus routes, whilst ensuring that the bus offer is financially sustainable for fare payers, the taxpayer and bus operators.
Plans for the town’s bus network are expected to build on the success of the Sheffield and Rotherham Bus Partnerships, which have seen up to 10% increases in adult fare paying customers. The Doncaster Bus Partnership will bring together First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Yorkshire, Stagecoach East Midlands and Arriva Yorkshire with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).
The consultation runs until 18 December 2015 and is available online at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/dbp. Paper forms will be available from Customer Service Desks at Doncaster, Barnsley, Adwick, Rotherham, Meadowhall, and Sheffield Interchanges.