Reduced fares from Sheffield Bus Partnership

Bus passengers in Sheffield will benefit from new and cheaper tickets across the city network from 1 November. The TravelMaster tickets have been developed by Sheffield Bus Partnership, the collaboration between Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach in Sheffield, Sheffield Community Transport and TM Travel.

They will be introduced alongside a revised city-wide bus network and form part of a package of local bus improvements drawn up in the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal. This has been developed with information gathered from passenger travel patterns and community feedback from around 2,500 people following a public consultation in July.

The new tickets are the new CityBus Day (£4), 7 Day (£14) and 28 Day (£49) tickets that can be used on any bus in Sheffield, and reduced price CityWide Day (£4.30), 7 Day (£15), 28 Day (£53) and Annual (£560) tickets that can be used on any bus and tram. Passengers can save up to 23% against the nearest existing ticket, with prices frozen until April 2017.

Business Manager for First Bus in Sheffield, Paul Flanagan, said, ‘This latest announcement by the Sheffield Bus Partnership makes travel by bus even better value for money and provides even greater convenience for customers. First South Yorkshire is delighted to be part of this innovative package that is leading the way with an integrated and great value bus network. The fact these prices are frozen until April 2017 makes travel by bus even more attractive and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more customers on board.’

MD for Stagecoach Yorkshire, Paul Lynch, said, ‘We’re pleased to be able to introduce these new tickets and prices as we anticipate that they will prove very popular alongside the revised network. It shows that organisations working together in partnership can produce beneficial and sustainable change for customers that otherwise would not be possible.’

Deputy GM for TM Travel, Paul Hopkinson, added, ‘Some of the services we provide are a lifeline to people living on some estates and more remote and rural areas. The cheaper, more joined up ticketing arrangements will help open up the rest of the network for wider travel opportunities within people’s existing budgets. In addition, it will make public transport easier to use and a more credible alternative to other modes of transport.’

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