Letters: Integration between cycling and transport
Regarding the council's Clean Air Strategy, I have read and re-read the document and cannot find one example of an actual action the council is committed to making. One of the biggest causes of air pollution in Sheffield is fumes from cars.
As highlighted, rather ironically in a Labour motion at a council meeting last year, bus ridership has decreased by two thirds since bus de-regulation in 1986 due in no small part to the decline in service and higher fares. A simple solution to tackle air pollution would be to re-regulate buses via quality contracts, leading to a London style system where the council would set fares and routes, and could insist on minimum standards. The council has had the power to introduce this since 2008, but it has instead chosen to plough on with voluntary bus partnership. .
The best we have in the Clean Air Strategy on the issue of buses is a vague reference to the council asking for a review of what powers it has if the Sheffield bus partnership does not deliver improvements.
The Clean Air Strategy for Sheffield needs a set date by which the council will re-regulate buses properly via quality contracts, something which would get people out of their cars and on to public transport. It should also set actual targets for building more cycle lanes and better integration between cycling and public transport.