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LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN APR 2003

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Please note the following text is only an extract from the Local Transport Plan Annual Progress Report 2003:

Progress made during 2002/03:

South Rotherham Rural Transport Initiative

  • Dinnington Interchange opened along with other measures as part of Rotherham (Wickersley to Worksop) Quality Bus Corridor.

Stocksbridge & Penistone

  • Starting in July 2002, a number of improvements were made to services in Penistone and Stocksbridge including a new service 201 linking to employment sites in north Sheffield, hospitals, and Meadowhall Shopping Centre. At the same time links were improved for communities between Barnsley and Stocksbridge on service 25. Further Taxibus services were launched during October giving more local links for villages around Penistone and Stocksbridge.

Tickhill Taxibus

  • An initiative led by the Countryside Agency and the South and West Yorkshire Rural Transport Partnership introduced taxibus services to the Tickhill area near Doncaster during July 2002. Taxibuses use smaller vehicles to allow them to get to areas not normally served by larger buses.

South & West Yorkshire Rural Transport Partnership

  • Ongoing work by West & South Yorkshire RTP through local forums established to carry out partnership role.
  • Barnsley Western Area Rural Transport Partnership currently playing a key role in the delivery of the Penistone and Stocksbridge Project.

Bradfield & Worrall - Rural Bus Challenge

  • Following improvements to the network of services in the Bradfield, Dungworth and Rivelin areas of north Sheffield in January 2002 further enhancements were added in October with Taxibus services for the Strines area, providing links to isolated communities.

Coalfield Rural Transport Partnership

  • Ongoing development work in Grimethorpe, Barnsley expanded into the Dearne and cross-boundary into South East Wakefield.

Publicity

  • New Countywide Rural Bus & Rail map produced.
  • New Coalfields Rural Transport Guide joint with Coalfields Rural Transport Partnership.
  • New local information posters at local railway stations.

Looking Ahead
The development of a computer based Accessibility model has been introduced and will be developed further to identify areas for further improvement.

Our planned programme should also encourage improvement for 2003/04 onwards, including:

  • RBC 2002 Southern Communities, The Sherwood Forester service from Rotherham to Rother Valley Country Park, Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park will be introduced again on summer Sundays from May. A recent award from the Government will support the continuation of service 202 Harthill - Dinnington - Swinton, further developments of RotherRide community transport and a new service between Rossington and Tickhill for Hesley Hall school and the Excel distribution site.
  • In the spring a fleet of new low-floor buses will be introduced into the Penistone network improving the quality and reliability of local bus services.
  • During the summer both the Stocksbridge Flyer and Penistone Rural Ride community transport schemes will be fully developed.
  • A number of local parish council lead schemes are also planned including improvements to the Tickhill Taxibus, an evening taxibus service to Fishlake and Sykehouse, and a South Rotherham shuttle service.
  • The environmental benefits of solar powered lighting will be evaluated on three bus shelters in the Bradfield area.

Community Transport and Shopmobility

Our aim is to:

  • Optimise the role of Community Transport and Shop Mobility as an integral part of the public transport network.
  • Develop cost effective transport solutions to meet the needs of users.
  • An ongoing development plan is being implemented successfully across the County.

Progress made during 2002/03:

  • As part of the ongoing vehicle renewal programme, three minibuses have been purchased for use by Community Transport operators at a total cost of £150k.
  • In support of the Parson Cross Project, one vehicle has been purchased by Sheffield CC and another by the Transport Executive at a total cost of £120k.
  • Five vehicles have been funded by Rural Bus Challenge for community transport and taxibus operations in Stocksbridge and Penistone at a total cost of £230k.

What we were unable to deliver and why:
Real Time Information and radio communications to CT vehicles will be dependent on the South and West Yorkshire Real Time Information project being implemented.

Looking Ahead:
Community transport and flexible route bus services are being considered as an integral part of providing an inclusive network of public transport services. In particular access to employment and leisure opportunities across the County is being improved by such provision.

Our planned programme should also encourage improvement for 2003/04 onwards, limitations include:

  • Vehicle replacement (Community Transport)
  • SYCOP (South Yorkshire) - working to integrate community and transport information.

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