£5 million funding for South Yorkshire public transport schemes

Buses on Sheffield's High Street
Buses on Sheffield's High Street

Almost £5 million in Government funding has been provided to support sustainable transport schemes in South Yorkshire, it has been announced.

The Department for Transport is handing over £4.8 million to the region to support of range of local initiatives.

It is part of £64 million of funding the Government is handing out to schemes around the country.

The South Yorkshire money will be spent on schemes including Wheels 2 Work, which provides scooters on a short-term loan basis to people needing to take up work or training, but who haven’t got the transport to get them there.

It will also help fund a new hourly express bus service between Barnsley and Doncaster.

Other schemes to benefit include Travel Choices support, where help is offered direct to employers and employees to show them their travel choices without depending on a car.

An initiative to provide travel ‘buddying’ services to 80 young people with special educational needs and disabilities will also benefit. There is also funding for schemes to help promote training and to help businesses convert their fleet to clean electric vehicles and to reduce fuel consumption.

Bill Mordue, chairman of Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee,said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding, which will help us to get people into work and training and to do so in a sustainable way that helps the environment. Our bid, which we submitted together with all four South Yorkshire councils and a range of other organisations, has secured the second largest amount of funding of all the bids around the country.”