Sheffield partnership up for award
Sheffield Bus Partnership has been shortlisted for a Sheffield Business Award. The recognition underpins a year of significant success for the agreement between First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach in Sheffield, Sheffield Community Transport, Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE). It will be revealed whether the partnership has won the award during a presentation ceremony on 5 December at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.
Launched in October 2012, the Sheffield Bus Partnership was labelled an ‘historic’ development by former Transport Minister, Norman Baker. It introduced coordinated timetables between Stagecoach in Sheffield and First South Yorkshire to prevent duplication on key routes, discounted multi-operator tickets, newer greener buses and coincided with an increase in bus passengers of 5.3% in the last three months and 14% more adult fare paying passengers than the same time last year. Investment in the Partnership’s fleet means over 60% of Sheffield’s buses now meet or exceed European environmental emissions standards, while 400 buses will be replaced to create a 50% fleet of the highest eco standard by 2017. Investments into a green fleet for the area have been aided by the £1.5m awarded as part of the Green Bus Fund to Stagecoach in Sheffield for 19 new hybrid buses, which are now in operation.