Sheffield : Financing/Pricing data

Supply / Demand data 2011

urban & Suburban busesTramwaysMetroHeavy Rail
Network length (km) 6,750 29 n/a 114
Nb of lines 379 3 n/a 7
Nb of stops / stations 7,802 48 n/a 29
Nb of vehicules 1,046 25 n/a n/a
Nb of operators 17 1 n/a 7
nb of trips 111,350,000 15,030,000 n/a 9,330,000

Presentation of the fare and ticketing system

Fares are a matter to the privately-owned bus operators and vary considerably from place to place and from operator to operator. The fares given below are for a typical operator on a typical 3 mile (5km) trip.

On-bus fares are to graduated fare scales – typically 4 to 8 fare values per route.

Multiple-trip tickets are not available in South Yorkshire at present.

Prepaid tickets are available in both single- and multi-operator forms.

Table of fares (simplified) 2012 – Single trip fares are on First buses. 28-day and Annual passes are TravelMasters, which are valid on all buses, trains and trams in South Yorkshire.

Funding of public transport

  • The Northern Rail franchise money comes directly from central government and is passported onto the franchisee by us.
  • The majority of funding for SYPTE comes from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority (SYPTA).
  • SYPTA receive this funding from the four districts (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham & Sheffield) by levying them based upon population.
City of Sheffield 0 0 0 0 0
Central State (DfT) 0 0 29,139 29,139 36%
Region of South Yorkshire 98,359 0 0 98,359 64%
Total public sector 98,359 0 29,139 127,498 100%
Other revenues 1,089 0 0 1,089
Total 99,448 0 29,139 128,587

* in million £GBP

Current developments and projects


herham Central Railway Station Redevelopment

Completion expected Easter 2012

Rotherham is undergoing a major transformation of its town centre through the Renaissance towns programme. An improved central railway station is an integral part of the 25 year masterplan to make Rotherham a more vibrant, successful and attractive place to live, work and invest.

The old rail station was in need of a complete modernisation programme to address its outdated image and improve station facilities, enhance the poor user environment it currently provides, improve access for users (particularly benefiting disabled users) and address issues (and perceptions) of safety and security.

The redeveloped station aims to provide a visually welcoming and prominent gateway to the town centre and enhance rail users experience through the creation of a first class station environment. The high quality design will create a flagship piece of architecture that will inject interest in the town and encourage further regenerative investment. The improvements to the building and station forecourt area will enhance and significantly strengthen the relationship between the rail station and the town centre and the adjacent canal.

The station redevelopment and gateway improvements include:

  • A new station building that raises the profile and visibility of the station in the town centre and provides a modern, welcoming and impressive gateway to the town centre;
  • Improved passenger waiting facilities including a new passenger lounge, ticket office, retail kiosk and toilets;
  • Platform improvements including new and extended platform canopies and the removal of ramps that dominate the station and replacement with lifts and stairs, significantly improving accessibility to the platforms for all users;
  • Improved station forecourt arrangements, including pedestrian dominated station entrance from the town centre, car parking provision for disabled users, covered cycle parking, taxi waiting, and a turning circle to improve the safety of the car park. This will improve the visual connectivity for the public approaching the station from the town centre;
  • Passenger facilities including platform seating, real time passenger information screens, information and help points, and centrally monitored CCTV to improve safety and perceptions of safety;

Landscape improvements to the station gateway to improve the first impression of the town upon arrival at the station, and the visual connection to the town centre and the adjacent canal.

Dore & Totley Railway Station Park & Ride

Dore & Totley Station is a one platform railway station located approximately 1km east of Dore and some 6km south west of Sheffield city centre. The site is bounded by the A621 Abbeydale Road South to the west, Ladies Spring Grove to the south, the Midland Mainline to the east and a small retail area to the north.

The station is served by the Northern Rail service between Sheffield and Manchester, East Midlands Trains (EMT) service from Liverpool to Norwich and the First TransPennine Express (TPE) service between Manchester and Cleethorpes, both running via the Hope Valley Line. Currently there are about 200 daily users of the railway station but only 20 unmarked car parking spaces. Overspill parking is in adjacent residential streets and there are no dedicated pedestrian or cycle facilities. This is causing difficulties for passengers accessing the station and for nearby residents accessing their homes.

The proposals is for a 130 space Park and Ride car park, which will replace the existing rail station car park and the adjacent vacant site. The Park and Ride facility has been designed in accordance with the Department for Transport guidance on accessible railway stations and Network Rail standards.

The park and ride facilities are

  • The 130 car parking spaces comprise 116 regular spaces (2.4m x 4.8m), 7 disabled spaces (with a 1.2m strip to the back and sides) and 7 large spaces which could be converted to disabled spaces in the future if required.
  • A lay-by is provided close to the station platform for drop-off and pick-upaccess (for up to three cars), deliveries and rail replacement bus services.
  • Sheltered cycle parking for up to 20 cycles is provided adjacent the platform entrance.
  • Lighting and CCTV will be provided throughout the site in accordancewith ‘Park Mark’ and ‘Safer Station’ requirements.
    The provision of the proposed Park &Ride development will provide greatly improved parking facilities for users of the rail station as well as access improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.


  • Leeds to Nottingham Rail Service – SYPTE has brokered the introduction of an express service linking Leeds, Barnsley, Sheffield and Nottingham (commenced Dec 08).
  • Sheffield to London Half Hourly - As a result of funding from SYPTE and the local development agency, Yorkshire Forward, East Midlands Trains were able to double the number of services operating between London St Pancras and Sheffield on Monday to Saturday daytimes with trains now operating every 30 minutes.
  • Doncaster Park and Ride - Two park and ride sites have been constructed in Doncaster – at Woodlands (North) with 338 and Parrotts Corner (South) with 389. A frequent bus service is provided between these locations and Doncaster Centre, with extra journeys on Monday to Friday peak hours.
  • FreeBee Services - Following the launch of the Sheffield FreeBee service in 2007, linking the Interchange with the main City Centre attractions, a similar service was introduced in Rotherham in October 2009 operating within the Town Centre and providing links with the Parkgate Shopping Area. Average loadings per week 12,300 on the Sheffield service and 10,100 on the Rotherham.
  • Tram Park and Ride - Middlewood Car Park was extended in 2008 and now has 340 spaces. Stagecoach have enhanced their Supertram link service between Stocksbridge and Middlewood and also introduced a service between Stannington and the tram terminus at Malin Bridge.
  • Bus Rapid Transit – Central Government is providing funding to allow a guided bus service to operate between Rotherham and Sheffield thus aiding regeneration of the Don Valley.
  • Rail Station Improvements – A programme of rail station improvements, featuring improved accessibility and enhanced passenger facilities has been completed in association with Northern Rail. SYPTE were awarded the Station of the Year accolade at the National Transport Awards 2010 in recognition of this work.
  • Statutory Quality Partnerships - Statutory Quality Partnerships offering improved service standards and a more consistent level of operation have been introduced in partnership with local bus operators in Barnsley and North Sheffield.
  • Optio Network – An improved service pattern from First and Stagecoach has commenced on two corridors in Sheffield as a result of SYPTE brokering an arrangement to adjust resources and offer better co-ordination of timetables. Consideration is being made to extend this programme to other areas of the City.
  • Yorcard – Yorcard is tasked with delivering the benefits of smart ticketing to public transport users in the Yorkshire Region.

Smart ticketing has the potential to deliver a number of benefits for customers using public transport:

- Faster boarding times
- New and easier sales channels
- New ticketing solutions
- Improved security for smart travel products
- Wider integration
- Yorcard plans to start delivering these benefits from late 2012

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