Here at the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority we’re working to create a transport system that’s fit for the 21st century.
We will build a transport system that works for everyone, connecting people to the places they want to go within the region as well as nationally and internationally. Our transport system will be safe, reliable, clean, green and affordable.
The Mayor’s transport vision sets out how we are going to transform the region’s transport network. By 2040 we will be a South Yorkshire region with comprehensive, effective and integrated transport connections, which support economic growth and improves quality of life for all.
The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Transport Strategy sets out the transport priorities for our region up to 2040. It sets out on a strategic level how we intend to better connect our major urban and economic growth centres to enable the better flow of people, goods, businesses and ideas across the City Region, as well as promoting our rural and visitor economies.
Read the Transport Vision document (PDF, 5Mb)
Read the Transport Strategy (PDF, 6Mb)
Poor rail connections limit the flow of people, ideas and businesses both within our region and between other parts of the north of England.
We now have a clear plan of action, one that draws together planned national, pan-regional projects such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) and local investment in community rail stations and transport interchanges.
This Integrated Rail Plan is the first time we have brought these things together in one place.
Integrated Rail Plan (PDF, 4Mb)
The Bus Review Report, which was concluded before the Coronavirus pandemic, took into consideration the experiences and feedback from 5,900 members of the public, bus users, community groups, businesses and interest groups, of the impact poor and unreliable bus services have had on their lives.
This evidence, as well as evidence from bus operators, local authorities, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and others, has contributed towards the findings and a number of recommendations aimed at providing passengers with a bus service that meets their needs.
Work is now progressing on the development of a 7 Point Plan to take forward the recommendations for delivery.
Read the Bus Review report (PDF, 2Mb)
Visit the Bus Review page to find out more about the Bus Review panel of commissioners.
Buses play a vital role in creating a stronger, greener and fairer South Yorkshire. Buses connect people to jobs, education, shops, health, leisure, family and friends; they are part of the fundamental fabric that shapes economic and social cohesion in our places and communities.
In March 2021, the Government launched ‘Bus Back Better’ – a National Bus Strategy for England. This Strategy set out a requirement for local transport authorities to prepare and publish a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) by 31 October 2021, with the aim of making bus the mode of choice for the many.
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s BSIP responds to the priorities highlighted in the South Yorkshire Bus Review and outlines our ambitious plans for improving the region’s bus services. The BSIP lays the groundwork for the Enhanced Partnership agreement between SYMCA and the bus operators, which will include a clear vision and plan for the delivery of our joint ambitions, together with the actions required to achieve a world class bus network fit for the future.
The Government has pledged £3 billion in funding across the country to help realise the aims of the National Bus Strategy and BSIPs, and we are aiming to secure a fair share of that funding to achieve our goals for the region.
Our aspirations include free travel for under 18s and capped fares for everyone to make bus best value, bus priority infrastructure and other infrastructure to make journeys quicker and improve the customer experience, better passenger information and journey planning support with ‘turn up and go’ options, and zero emission buses to make travel cleaner and greener towards a net-zero future.
To find out more, read the South Yorkshire Bus Service Improvement Plan (PDF, 5Mb)
In order to be open and transparent we have published a notice of the names of Bus operators objecting to proposed enhanced partnership plan and enhanced partnership scheme.
Read the Notice of names of operators objecting (PDF, 113Kb)
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) recently approved plans to improve local bus services through a formal Enhanced Bus Partnership Scheme with bus operators, in response to the government’s National Bus Strategy (Bus Back Better).
We have taken the ambitions set out in the Bus Service Improvement Plan and captured them in our proposed Enhanced Partnership Plan and Enhanced Partnership Scheme.
An Enhanced Partnership for South Yorkshire will allow local leaders to work together with operators to improve ticketing, routes, and frequency of services across the region.
Together, the Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme will form a legally binding agreement between SYMCA and local bus operators. The agreement will give us a way to deliver the actions set out in our Bus Service Improvement Plan, subject to funding availability.
We’re asking for feedback on the proposals within the Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme through public consultation from Friday 7 January to Sunday 20 February. We want to understand if our proposals go far enough to bring the change we all want to see for South Yorkshire’s bus services.
Read the statutory notice (PDF, 108kb) regarding this proposal and details of the formal proposed South Yorkshire Enhanced Partnership Scheme (PDF, 270kb) .
Read the full Enhanced Partnership Plan (PDF, 4.6mb) .
Read the Proposed South Yorkshire Enhanced Partnership Scheme Components (PDF, 190kb) .
Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most successful female Paralympian, is Mayor Dan Jarvis’s Active Travel Commissioner.
The World Champion cyclist and swimmer has won 14 Paralympic golds is leading the active travel agenda in the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.
To find out more about our ambitions plans for the cycling and walking in South Yorkshire visit our Active Travel section
Read the Active Travel Fund bid - Capital Funding Proforma (pdf, 4Mb)
Ambitious proposals for the future of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority's transport network were submitted to the government’s Transforming Cities Fund in November 2019.
The bid, for up to £220m in funding, focussed on three large areas which could most benefit from significant improvements across rail, public transport and active travel schemes. In March 2020, the Department for Transport confirmed that we had been successful in securing £166m through the Transforming Cities Fund.
The three areas the programme focuses on are the River Don “corridor” between Sheffield city centre and the Unity site north of Doncaster; the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) on the border of Sheffield and Rotherham, and the Dearne Valley Corridor.
Read more on the Transforming Cities fund page.