30 October 2018
Green Party councillors are urging the regional mayor to take back control of South Yorkshire’s buses
The regional mayor has new powers to franchise bus services.
Franchising means that bus operators are given set standards to work to instead of the current system where most bus services are run however the bus company wants them too.
Bus franchising gives local authorities more control over routes, fares and service standards. The call has been placed on the agenda of the full meeting of Sheffield City Council on 7th November 2018.
Cllr Rob Murphy said, “'Due to warring council leaders, our City Region Mayor doesn't have many powers but improving our buses is one of them.
“We're calling on Dan Jarvis to use these to take back control of our buses and improve journey times for all travellers.”
Cllr Douglas Johnson added, “One reason for delays to bus services is the time taken with passengers having to haggle with the driver over the best ticket price. Introducing sensible, modern, uniform ticketing would help make the buses run on time.”