Wednesday, March 4, 2015

News: Bus partnership helps Rotherham workers

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The Rotherham Bus Partnership is helping local workers discover better ways to commute through employer roadshows at some of the town’s most popular organisations.

The partnership launched in July 2014 and brings together local operators First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Yorkshire, Stagecoach East Midlands and TM Travel, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Rotherham Borough Council in a bid to improve Rotherham's bus offer so that it best meets customer needs.

Employees have been taking the chance to find out more about their local bus service, planning journeys, finding live service information online, and what tickets are best for them to buy, potentially saving them money and time. Organisations taking part include The Environment Agency, Toyoda Gosei, Capita, Morphy Richards, and Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

As well providing advice on using the bus to get to and from work, the roadshows offer employees the chance to win discount vouchers for a range of Rotherham town centre's independent retailers, including The Makers Emporium, Vivid Jewellery and La Bella Lingerie.

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust recently took part in the commuter initiative. John Cartwright, director of estates and facilities, at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Working with Rotherham Bus Partnership has enabled us to get a few extra cars out of the car park and people onto buses.

"Many of our employees could benefit from catching the bus to work – there are lots of bus routes and value for money tickets available, and we're enjoying working with the Partnership to tell our staff about it. I hope that people in the area continue to see the improvements that the partnership has brought so far and that people try the bus whenever it's the best travel option."

Karl Battersby, strategic director of environment and development services, added: "The beauty of this latest initiative is that it gives Rotherham commuters the perfect opportunity to see for themselves how they can benefit from the continued work of the partnership.

"It also provides vital support to local businesses and employers who want to help to offer their workforce more travel options to work, reduce congestion and car pollution."

Since the partnership launched, there has been a 6% increase in fare paying passengers and an overall passenger growth of 1.3%. Initiatives include the "Rotherham Connect" ticket, which is valid for use on all buses in the Rotherham area from £4.50 a day.

Rotherham Bus Partnership website

Images: Rotherham Bus Partnership

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