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The public consultation survey has now closed.

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) recently approved plans to improve local bus services through a formal Enhanced Bus Partnership Scheme with bus operators, in response to the government’s National Bus Strategy (Bus Back Better).
An Enhanced Partnership for South Yorkshire will allow local leaders to work together with operators to improve ticketing, routes, and frequency of services across the region. It will also allow us to bid for a fair share of £3 billion of national funding pledged by government to encourage local bus use.
We have bold ambitions

  • a cap on daily and weekly fares and free travel for under 18s
  • a faster, more reliable and punctual system
  • a better bus experience
  • a new zero emission bus fleet

We asked for your feedback on the proposed improvements that the Enhanced Partnership is aiming to make – the Enhanced Partnership Plan, and the actions to achieve them – the Enhanced Partnership Scheme, in a public consultation held between Friday 7 January to Sunday 20 February.

The Plan and Scheme are statutory documents which require consultation by law under the Transport Act 2000, section 138F. Your views will help us understand if the proposals within the Enhanced Partnership Plan and the actions to achieve them in the Enhanced Partnership Scheme are ambitious and extensive enough to deliver the change we all want to see on South Yorkshire’s bus network.

Next steps

Together the Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme will form a legally binding agreement between SYMCA and local bus operators. The agreement will give us a way to deliver the actions set out in our Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), subject to funding availability. Our BSIP is based on evidence provided by the findings of the Independent Bus Review which gathered experiences and feedback from almost 6,000 people on South Yorkshire’s bus services.

After the consultation closes, SYMCA will review responses and deliver a report on the public consultation process to the SYMCA board, which includes the Mayor of South Yorkshire and the four constituent councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

The final report will be published on our transport page.