South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) recently approved plans to develop an Enhanced Partnership 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 want to ensure the public’s views continue to inform our journey to transform bus services in South Yorkshire.
We are seeking 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.
We want to know if you think the proposals within the Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme are ambitious and extensive enough to deliver the change we all want to see on our bus network.
You can view the documents below to help inform your feedback to the questionnaire:
The new Enhanced Partnership agreement will give us a way to deliver the actions set out in SYMCA’s Bus Service Improvement Plan, which is based on evidence provided by the findings of the Independent Bus Review, published in June 2020. This review gathered experiences and feedback from almost 6,000 people including members of the public, bus users, community groups, businesses and interest groups on South Yorkshire’s bus services.
Our consultation is open from Friday 7 January to Sunday 20 February.
You can also find the following supporting documents on the transport page on the SYMCA website:
Statutory notice for this proposal
Proposed South Yorkshire Enhanced Partnership Scheme Components
South Yorkshire Bus Review report
South Yorkshire Bus Service Improvement Plan
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 the transport page on the SYMCA website.
If the Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme are approved, the Enhanced Partnership will be in place from April 2022.