South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), with the four South Yorkshire Districts of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, has been awarded £24.6 million of Government funding to help boost the local economy and get people back to work.
The Department for Transport has granted the money from its 'Local Sustainable Transport Fund' (LSTF).
The funding will allow SYPTE to make improvements in three key areas:
- to facilitate and encourage sustainable commuting
- to enable employers to reach a wider pool of potential employees
- to help businesses through reducing congestion and encouraging more reliable journey times.
The investment stands to benefit around 10,200 businesses in the four corridors which affects 226,000 jobs – with more jobs likely to be created. The cash will be targeted on four main corridors in Barnsley, Don Valley, Doncaster and the Dearne Valley. These four corridors were selected based on a combination of genuine local need and a high potential for carbon-friendly economic growth.
A range of measures will be put in place including bus priority; 'Jobconnector' bus services; cycle routes; upgrade of tram stops; rail-based Park & Ride; promotion of electric vehicle use; infrastructure to unlock urban regeneration; training; marketing and travel planning. It will build on a successful previous application last June that saw £5 million awarded to South Yorkshire on similar measures.
Over the next three years there will be investment in the Don Valley in bus priority, traffic management, tram stops, cycle paths and a new tram feeder service at Malin Bridge, which will be introduced later this year. In the Dearne Valley there will now be new cycle routes installed over the next three years, better bus priority and traffic management, a new Park and Ride facility at Elsecar, and a new bus feeder route at Wentworth and Shortwood which will start running this year. Barnsley will also get additional cycle paths and traffic management, as well as an immediate increase in the frequency of the X19 bus service to Doncaster, benefiting large employers outside the town centre and creating new job access opportunities.
The regeneration of important sites in Doncaster will now be boosted by traffic work that will allow further development of the waterfront, as well as substantial congestion relief measures and redevelopment at Adwick. Added to this there will be focused enhancements at the Enterprise Zones along the M1 and all South Yorkshire districts will benefit from investment in infrastructure for electric vehicles. Mick Jameson, SYITA Chairman, said: “We welcome this crucial Government funding which will help support economic growth and help get people back to work.”
“We have identified four key corridors in South Yorkshire which will greatly benefit from this level of investment and between them they include around 10,200 businesses and 226,000 jobs. We are confident that this funding will enable a step change in our ability to help people access jobs and help employers reach the right people.”
“The Government wants to see carbon emissions reduced and this money will help facilitate economic growth while helping people to travel in a sustainable way.”
For more information visit syltp.org.uk and watch the short video, or visit sypte.co. Over 4,000 employees from companies across South Yorkshire have given up their car to give the bus a go in an innovative new sustainable transport scheme.
The Busboost scheme encourages employees to leave their car at home in return for up to 28 days’ free travel on the county’s buses, trains and trams. Delivered by Inmotion!, a partnership between South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils, it aims to make the journey to work simpler, easier or even healthier.
Leading outsourcing company, Capita, has recently seen 240 staff sign up to the free Busboost scheme. 63% of Capita employees that took part said they will continue to use public transport for most or part of their journey to and from work, whilst also reporting other benefits including reduced stress levels and quicker journey times compared to driving. Capita employee, Brogan Curtis, was delighted with the benefits of Busboost. He said: “After I took part in the free trial I sold my car and now use the bus regularly to get to and from work.”
Capita Safety, Health & Environment Manager, Chris Broadhead, said: “Many of our employees travel to work from different areas such as Barnsley, Pontefract, Rotherham, and Sheffield. With limited car parking spaces available we wanted to make people aware of the alternative travel options available.
“As a business, we take our employees’ health and wellbeing seriously and the Busboost initiative has been a resounding success for the employees taking part. It was really easy to get involved and I would encourage other businesses to give it a go.”
The Inmotion! project is delivered through South Yorkshire’s £24.6 million Local Sustainable Transport Fund. SYPTE Deputy Head of Customer Experience, Nigel Cairns, said: “We are delighted that the Inmotion! project and the Busboost scheme is providing a range of sustainable transport options that are already delivering benefits for employees.
“Our innovative support, training and advice is tailored to business needs. Through better provision of sustainable transport, walking and cycling in South Yorkshire, Inmotion! aims to widen the options available for people getting to work and remove the barriers that can prevent access to employment, education and training.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Inmotion! scheme launched in February 2013 and is made up of representatives from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and the four South Yorkshire District Councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
Inmotion! was established following a successful bid for £24.6 million from the Department for Transport’s ‘Local Sustainable Transport Fund’ to help boost South Yorkshire’s local economy and get people back to work.
Inmotion! covers four key geographical corridors in Barnsley, Dearne Valley, Doncaster and Don Valley, which will benefit from cycle paths, better bus priorities and traffic management as part of the scheme.