Bus Partnership helps local workers jump on boardPublished Friday, 27th February 2015
Rotherham Bus Partnership is helping local workers discover better ways to commute through employer roadshows at some of the town’s most popular organisations.
Employees have the chance to find out more about their local bus service, planning journeys, finding live service information online, and what tickets are best for them to buy, potentially saving them money and time. Organisations taking part include The Environment Agency, Toyoda Gosei, Capita, Morphy Richards, and Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
As well providing advice on using the bus to get to and from work, the roadshows offer employees the chance to win discount vouchers for a range of Rotherham town centre’s independent retailers, including The Makers Emporium, Vivid Jewellery and La Bella Lingerie.
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust recently took part in the commuter initiative. Director of Estates and Facilities, John Cartwright, said: "Working with Rotherham Bus Partnership has enabled us to get a few extra cars out of the car park and people onto buses.
"Many of our employees could benefit from catching the bus to work – there are lots of bus routes and value for money tickets available, and we're enjoying working with the Partnership to tell our staff about it. I hope that people in the area continue to see the improvements that the Partnership has brought so far and that people try the bus whenever it’s the best travel option."
Rotherham Bus Partnership launched in July 2014. It brings together local operators First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Yorkshire, Stagecoach East Midlands and TM Travel, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Rotherham Borough Council in a bid to improve Rotherham’s bus offer so that it best meets customer needs.
It has seen more buses on many routes, the addition of new routes, extended services and the introduction of a new multi operator 'Rotherham Connect' ticket, which is valid for use on all buses in the Rotherham area from £4.50 a day. The Bus Partnership has stimulated 6 per cent increases in fare paying passengers since July 2014, and an overall passenger growth of 1.3 per cent.
Managing Director at Stagecoach Yorkshire, Paul Lynch, said: "Rotherham's bus network offers a convenient, stress free way to get to and from work. Benefits such as improved punctuality and a wide range of tickets have made the bus a realistic and attractive alternative to the car, and if we help to save them a little money or time on their journeys to work each day we can really make a positive impact on the town’s residents."
The Council’s Strategic Director of Environment and Development Services, Karl Battersby, said: "The beauty of this latest initiative is that it gives Rotherham commuters the perfect opportunity to see for themselves how they can benefit from the continued work of the Partnership.
"It also provides vital support to local businesses and employers who want to help to offer their workforce more travel options to work, reduce congestion and car pollution."
SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said: "Bus services can play a key role in helping people to access employment. Our business roadshows aim to offer personalised travel advice to employees considering using Rotherham's bus network, and point them in the direction of the wealth of travel tools and information available to plan a journey.
"Walking to and from a bus stop can provide a good way to get exercise – which could lead to a healthier, happier workforce too."
Managing Director for First South Yorkshire, Ben Gilligan, said: "We're delighted to work with local employers to tell them about the many benefits that the Rotherham Bus Partnership can bring them and their workforce.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to show workers in Rotherham that there are more travel choices for their daily commute than the car and we look forward to working together with our partners and welcoming new customers on board."