Bus Transport Consultation

South Yorkshire Enhanced Partnership Statutory Consultation.

I am writing to inform you about a consultation that is being launched to ask residents, visitors, community groups and businesses across South Yorkshire for their views on proposals to transform the region’s bus services.

Paper copies are available from an Interchange Customer Service desk which are located at:

Sheffield Interchange, Archway Centre, Pond Square, Sheffield, S1 2BD

Meadowhall Interchange, Meadowhall Road, Sheffield, S9 1EP

Hillsborough Interchange, 540 Langsett Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 2LX

Arundel Gate Interchange, 30 Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP

Rotherham Interchange (Forge Island), Corporation Street, Rotherham, S60 1NG

Doncaster Frenchgate Interchange, Off Trafford Way, Doncaster, DN1 1PJ

Barnsley Interchange, Eldon Street North, Barnsley, S70 1SE

If you would like any further information about the consultation, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Rachel Cowling Communications Officer – External Relations

T: 0114 221 1491 M: 07767 384 563E: rachel.cowling@southyorkshire-ca.gov.uk

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Executive

11 Broad Street West, Sheffield, S1 2BQ

Parkway Improvements.

A630 Parkway Improvement Scheme – Vegetation clearance to the Eastbound verge (Rotherham Bound)

Dear Neighbour,

From the 10th January 2022, we will be clearing vegetation (outside of the bird nesting season) to allow the Eastbound works to progress on the A630 Parkway. These works will take no longer than two weeks to complete.

To protect the workforce and those travelling on the road, this work will require lanes of the A630 to be closed. Therefore, the work will have to take place overnight.

We will be working between Tinsley Bridge and Cross Roads Bridge, on the Eastbound verge towards Rotherham. Machinery will be used to remove and chip the foliage, which will inevitably create some noise, however this machinery will not be used after midnight. Any works taking place after midnight will utilise battery operated machinery to minimise disruption.

If you want to find out more about the construction work, or contact us about it, you can do this at www.rotherham.gov.uk/parkway-upgrade. This work is being carried out for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council by Balfour Beatty, who can be reached on 0113 821 3400.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Hudson – Project Manager

New Councillor

We’re pleased to welcome aboard our recent recruit, Councillor Victoria Fernandez. We look forward to working with her and utilising her skills for the benefit of both the council and residents.

We still have room for another councillor. Please contact the clerk or any councillor if you believe you could make Catcliffe a better place.

See the YOUR COUNCILLORS page for contact details.

S.Y. Bus Changes

Bus service changes in South Yorkshire

I am writing to advise you that, as a result of the current national bus driver shortage, First South Yorkshire and Stagecoach Yorkshire have made the decision to implement and number of service reductions in South Yorkshire with effect from the weekend of 30 October 2021.

As you may be aware, the pandemic continues to impact driver availability, recruitment and training and the challenges with driver shortages continue to build. We are seeing frequent short notice cancellations between both First and Stagecoach operations in the region and the issue is now receiving the attention of DfT at a national level so there is a recognition that the problems require active intervention to resolve. However, in the short term we can unfortunately expect further disruption on the network.

What services are affected? 

We have maintained close and regular contact with local operators and have reviewed and agreed a number of service reductions, which will take effect from the weekend of 30 October, to match driver availability and prevent on the day cancellations and provide customers with a more reliable timetable. 

These service reductions are unavoidable and will be implemented on a temporary basis so that operators are able to run a reliable and consistent service for the public until their resource issues are addressed.

New timetables will be added to travelsouthyorkshire.com/servicechanges ahead of the changes taking place.

What is SYMCA doing to reduce the impact on customers?

SYMCA is closely monitoring the situation and is working with the operators to minimise disruption.  Whilst SYMCA appreciates the challenges both First and Stagecoach are facing we have asked for a detailed resource recovery plan in order to reduce and ultimately eliminate the resource shortage to allow for service reinstatement no later than 30 January 2022. If services can be reinstated sooner this will be coordinated based on local and regional factors including levels of demand.

We will continue to keep customers updated and informed through our usual channels and operators will do the same.

How will this information be communicated to customers?

To ensure customers can stay up to date with the latest changes, our Service Changes page will be updated to reflect the latest service information at travelsouthyorkshire.com/servicechanges. We will continue to update our Disruptions page to reflect any short notice service cancellations attravelsouthyorkshire.com/Disruptions.

Bus operators will be tweeting service changes and cancellations via @FirstSouthYorks which we will retweet on our @TSYalerts Twitter feed. 

First South Yorkshire will also be keeping customers updated via their web page https://www.firstbus.co.uk/sheffield and any short notice cancellations will be communicated via their web pages as follows:

Stagecoach will also be keeping customers updated via their Twitter feed @StagecoachYrks and their website at: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/regional-service-updates/yorkshire

In the first instance it is recommended that customers check service availability via the above links before they travel and make alternative arrangements where required. 

Alternatively, customers who do not have access to the internet or social media can call Traveline on 01709 51 51 51 for the latest information.

How can you help?

It would be appreciated if you could please advise as many people as possible about these changes and where to find the latest available information via your usual channels.

If these changes cause any particular issues in your area, please let us know.

Kind regards

Rachel Cowling

Communications Officer – External Relations