According to a joint news release between Rotherham Bus Partnership and bus operators First and Stagecoach a £7m investment in Rotherham’s bus network has been announced.
Rotherham Bus Partnership
is enticing visitors from neighbouring towns and cities by introducing
over 30 state-of-the-art new vehicles on its routes from Barnsley,
Doncaster and Sheffield.
First South Yorkshire has welcomed 22 double-deck, Wrightbus Streetdeck buses on its X78
route between Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster. The impressive
complete with new luxury e-leather seat interiors and USB
charging points. Low carbon certified, the buses are amongst the most
fuel efficient buses on the market and, fitted with Euro 6 engines,
contribute to better air quality.
Stagecoach has introduced 10 new single deck Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMC vehicles, operating on its 22X route between
Barnsley, Wombwell, Wath, Manvers, Parkgate and Rotherham. The new
generation model is to the latest Euro 6 specification, carries more
passengers than its predecessor and is 200kg lighter, making it more
fuel efficient. It also has an advanced electrical system and suspension
for improved reliability and passenger comfort.
Rotherham Council’s Advisory Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local
Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said the introduction of the new vehicles
would encourage more people to travel by bus, and promote public travel
across South Yorkshire.
She added: “There’s never been a better time to visit Rotherham,
particularly given our recent success in the Great British High Street
awards. The introduction of these fleet of vehicles by First South
Yorkshire and Stagecoach Yorkshire means passengers can travel here in
luxurious comfort, as well as knowing that they are doing more than
their ‘bit’ for the environment.
The new vehicles are part of an ongoing investment commitment by
Rotherham Bus Partnership, which brings together local bus operators
First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach Yorkshire, Stagecoach East Midlands
and TM Travel, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and
Rotherham Council in a bid to improve the town’s bus services and
attract more people onto public transport.
Customers are already seeing vast improvements to their services since
the Partnership was introduced in 2014, with improved punctuality and
reliability, value-for-money tickets and increases in patronage
including an upturn in child travel.