Further Bus Improvements Planned in Rotherham

Published Wednesday, 6th May 2015
Public transport
A bus in Rotherham

South Yorkshire transport bosses, local authorities, bus operators and highway agencies are working together under a new agreement to improve bus punctuality and reliability in Rotherham.

The Punctuality Improvement Partnership (PIP) is a five year commitment that will see transport authorities working with Rotherham's bus operators to reduce congestion and improve time keeping on bus routes. Minimum targets have been set for 98% of bus journeys to operate and 90.5% to run on time.

The PIP programme is supported by the Department for Transport and aims to see a real positive difference to the local bus services which support businesses and connect communities.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) will lead the project with support from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council together with bus companies First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Yorkshire, and TM Travel. All parties agree that partnership working is essential to achieving reliable and punctual bus services.

The success of the Sheffield and Rotherham Bus Partnerships shows that customers are already seeing improvements to their services. Both districts have seen a vast improvement in bus punctuality and reliability since the groundbreaking agreements were introduced in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

The PIPs will be guided by similar shared objectives that will utilise the knowledge within the project teams to introduce positive developments that will further enhance customers’ experience on bus.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Interim Director General, David Young, said: “This partnership approach acknowledges that improving punctuality and reliability is a collective responsibility. We will work tirelessly together to further improve the customer offer, building on the progress from the partnerships in Rotherham and Sheffield, and make buses a reliable alternative to car travel.”

Karl Battersby, Strategic Director of Environment and Development Services at the Council, said: “This initiative strengthens our commitment to reducing congestion on the roads in the borough and to building on the positive work being done through the Rotherham Bus Partnership to provide an even better service to the town’s bus passengers.”

Paul Lynch, Managing Director at Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We have already achieved great things for Sheffield and Rotherham bus services through our Bus Partnerships, and working closely together with our partners in the Punctuality Improvement Partnership means that we can make further strides in maintaining high standards of punctuality and reliability across South Yorkshire, encouraging people out of cars and onto buses, which have continually developed as a realistic alternative to the car."

Ben Gilligan, Managing Director for First South Yorkshire said: "Providing punctual and reliable services on a consistent basis is crucial to attracting even more people onto public transport. By working together in partnership we have already been able to improve services for customers. First therefore welcomes the renewed focus of all the partners in improving bus punctuality for customers across South Yorkshire and further boosting the number of people switching to using buses."