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South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE)
is the driving force behind the development of public transport in South Yorkshire.

We are accountable to South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority (SYITA) which is made up nominated elected members from the local authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Our role is to encourage the maximum use of public transport throughout South Yorkshire and to promote growth of the public transport network. We work closely with transport service operators, local councils and other key stakeholders to develop the network and services across the county.

Although SYPTE does not run any transport services directly, it purchases rail and some bus services from private operators, as well as managing the concession to operate the local tram service (Stagecoach Supertram). It also provides region-wide information, manages the funding and administration of concessionary fares, provides bus stops and shelters, and operates interchanges and information centres throughout the region.

SYPTE’s primary goals are to provide:

  • a realistic alternative to the car that will encourage a shift in people’s mode of travel
  • quality transport for those without the use of a car to enable them to access jobs, education, shops, healthcare and other facilities; and
  • good public transport services linking businesses to employees and customers.

SYPTE also:

  • subsidises socially necessary local bus services that cannot be provided commercially
  • specifies, pays for, develops and monitors local rail services
  • administers and funds a comprehensive concessionary fare scheme
  • promotes equal access to public transport for all
  • co-ordinates and promotes activities to achieve better integrated public transport services
  • provides travel information
  • administers prepaid ticket schemes; and
  • plans future investment in transport infrastructure and services.

SYPTE, together with local bus, tram and train operators are members of the Travel South Yorkshire partnership. With over 140 million passenger journeys made each year by bus, tram and train, the aim is to give passengers an excellent experience.

SYPTE aims to provide everything needed to support a journey on public transport, including:

  • Park & Ride
  • Interchanges
  • Information Centres
  • Traveline
  • Timetables
  • YourNextBus
  • Freebee

SYPTE also provide funding for services to rural communities, providing vital links for people who don’t have access to their own transport. Without them, shopping trips, getting to school and travelling to work could be difficult for some and impossible for others.

The Travel Advice for Education and Safety team at SYPTE tackles the perception that public transport is less safe than other forms of getting around. The team works mainly with schools, public transport operators and South Yorkshire Police to develop schemes that address this perception and promote a shift in thinking

The Travel Advice for Businesses and Communities team aims to provide people in South Yorkshire with information about all the travel options available to them. The team focuses on providing personalised, tailored advice to individuals, community groups, and public and private sector organisations within South Yorkshire. They offer services to both travellers and businesses within South Yorkshire.

In addition to the promotion of public transport in South Yorkshire, the Integrated Transport Authority has a number of other roles and responsibilities. These include:

  • Community Engagement – to consult the public about the provision of transport in the area and then use this information to inform decision-making.
  • Planning and Performance Management – setting clear priorities and targets for the in relation to the key goals of the Authority and then monitoring performance against these.
  • Resource Use and Allocation – have regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness, when carrying out their functions. There must be no discrimination against operators.
  • Integrity and Ethical Standards – reviews its own and the Transport Executive’s practices and procedures to ensure that they comply with Human Rights and anti-discrimination legislation.
  • Appointment of Chief Officers – responsibility for appointing the Director General.

Budget :

2011/12 Revenue Budget£million
Concessionary Fares 35.7
Network Costs 11.9
Fixed Track ATN Services 29.1
Strategic Directorate 2.1
Customer Experience Directorate 8.2
Support Services 7.5
Capital Financing 34.1
TOTAL 128.6
Rail Grant 29.1
Levy 98.4
Other 1.1
TOTAL 128.6
2011/12 Capital Budget 6.5


David Brown

Passenger Services Director
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
11 Broad Street West
South Yorkshire
S1 2BQ
United Kingdom

Email: david.brown at

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