We’re asking for your views to help us with our decision-making about buses. We’d like to know about the journeys you make in South Yorkshire and your priorities for using public money to support bus services.
Buses are the backbone of our transport network. We use them to get to work, school - to visit our favourite places, family and friends. They help to cut car use, traffic and pollution and are a big part of helping us all tackle climate change.
Most of South Yorkshire’s bus network is run by private bus companies that choose where and when to run services. The pandemic has had an impact on travel patterns and the income bus companies make from fares. Government has been paying to keep services running throughout Covid-19. When this funding ends in October, bus companies plan to make changes and cuts to around a third of the bus network.
Under the current bus system we have limited powers and public money to replace services. We’ve used emergency funding to keep school buses running. But the scale of planned service changes means our budget can only protect around half the network at risk.
Have your say
We want to make sure we’re making the best use of our budget – the council tax you pay for public transport – to pay for bus services where people rely on them most.