Strategic Hub for Sheffield transport
Proposals for a new Strategic Hub and Customer Strategy have been endorsed by the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Combined Authority. The Strategic Hub will be responsible for the coordination, development and delivery of SCR’s transport strategy and policy functions, currently delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE). It will sit within the Sheffield City Region Executive Team, led by Ben Still.
SYPTE will be responsible for the development and delivery of a new public transport Customer Strategy. Under its new remit, the organisation will focus on public transport and customer service operations at Interchanges and sites. It is to deliver the plans and strategies of the SCR Executive to the travelling public. The move follows the SCR’s £320m Growth Deal and Sheffield devolution agreement secured last autumn. It is focused on making the strategic case for investment in SCR, and the delivery of the region’s transport element of the Northern Powerhouse and other key national transport agenda.
SYPTE Interim Director General, David Young, said, ‘Plans for the Strategic Hub necessitate a new focus for SYPTE. It will enable SYPTE and the SCR Executive Team to capitalise on our respective strengths, assets and expertise to empower and improve the local transport and customer offer to boost economic growth. We will lead public transport delivery in South Yorkshire and be responsible for making the transport plans and strategies of the City Region a reality. And we will continue to be an organisation dedicated to putting our customers first, to offer the best possible experience when using local public transport services.’