Thursday, May 28, 2015

News: Strategic Hub planned to drive transport agenda


The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is set to hand over responsibility for the co-ordination, development and delivery of transport strategy and policy functions in the Sheffield city region (SCR) to a newly-established Strategic Hub.

The SYPTE works in partnership with the local councils and transport service operators to manage public transport infrastructure, run the local bus, train and tram services and provide walking and cycling routes.

The proposals have been endorsed by the SCR Combined Authority, the legal body that brings together an integrated transport authority (ITA) and an economic prosperity board (EPB) in order to align political decision making around strategic economic development and transport.

The new Strategic Hub will sit within the Sheffield City Region Executive Team, led by Ben Still, the former interim director general at SYPTE.

The move follows the SCR's £320m Growth Deal and Sheffield devolution agreement secured last Autumn, and is focused on making the strategic case for investment in SCR, and the delivery of the region's transport element of the Northern Powerhouse and other key national transport agenda.

The SYPTE will be responsible for the development and delivery of a new public transport customer strategy. Under its new remit, the organisation will focus on public transport and customer service operations at interchanges and sites, and deliver the plans and strategies of the SCR Executive to the travelling public.

David Young, interim director general at SYPTE, said: "Plans for the Strategic Hub necessitate a new focus for SYPTE. It will enable SYPTE and the SCR Executive Team to capitalise on our respective strengths, assets and expertise to empower and improve the local transport and customer offer to boost economic growth.

"We will lead public transport delivery in South Yorkshire and be responsible for making the transport plans and strategies of the City Region a reality. And we will continue to be an organisation dedicated to putting our customers first, to offer the best possible experience when using local public transport services."

Ben Still, executive director of the Sheffield City Region Executive Team, added: "These important changes will further integrate transport strategy and wider City Region economic planning activities. The Sheffield City Region Executive Team is focused on delivering our Growth Deal which brings funding and influence over strategic skills, business growth and transport strategy under the control of local leaders."

SYPTE website
Sheffield city region website

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