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South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive


Between 1974 and 1994 it ran virtually all bus services in the county. From 1986 until 1993, buses were operated by an arms length company, South Yorkshire Transport, until a management buyout created the bus operating company Mainline Group.[1] Shortly after Stagecoach purchased a 20% stake in the company, however this was sold in 1995 to FirstBus.


SYPTE is responsible for all the bus stops, shelters and bus interchanges in the county, along with park & ride sites. It provides comprehensive public transport information at stops, in the form of timetable leaflets, information on the web and a telephone enquiry service called Traveline.

SYPTE has a network of Information Centres providing information and ticketing. SYPTE administers the concessionary travel schemes for children and students, senior citizens and the mobility impaired and the countywide multi-modal ticket Travelmaster.

It is responsible for various public transport services in the county, particularly the Sheffield Supertram and various subsidised bus services.

Travel South YorkshireEdit

The South Yorkshire public transport network, of which SYPTE is a key deliverer of passenger services, was re-branded as Travel South Yorkshire in 2006. Changes include the introduction of the YourNextBus scheme on all stops as well as LED departure boards on the towns most often run routes at certain stops.

Timetable informationEdit

Travel South Yorkshire provides timetable information for all bus and train services within South Yorkshire. Some leaflets are available from Interchanges.

Travel information centresEdit

Travel South Yorkshire's interchanges at Sheffield, Arundel Gate in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Hillsborough and Dinnington provide information and advice about public transport in South Yorkshire. From these interchanges, information can be obtained and a range of multi-modal (TravelMaster) tickets can be bought from self-serve vending machines. Other travel passes which were previously available at 'Information Centre' desks at these interchanges are now only available from the Travel South Yorkshire website or over the phone from Traveline.

Multi-modal ticketingEdit

Travel South Yorkshire sells a range of multi-modal tickets on behalf of the public transport operators of South Yorkshire. These are generally in the form of smart card tickets and are commercial products which do not receive a subsidy.


Bus interchangesEdit

Travel South Yorkshire operate thirteen bus interchanges, many of which have been newly built or refurbished in the early 2000s. These bus interchanges provide a hub for local, regional and sometimes national bus and coach services, and in some locations also provide an interchange facility onto light rail and heavy rail services.


In 1985, the SYPTE purchased an Alexander RH bodied Dennis Dominator trolleybus with a view to reintroducing a trolleybus network. A one mile section on Sandall Beat Road alongside Doncaster Racecourse was wired.[2] However with deregulation in 1986, the project was shelved.



Hallam Line Wakefield Line Dearne Valley Line Penistone Line Sheffield–Leeds via Castleford Line

Operators: Northern, East Midlands Railway

Operators: Northern, CrossCountry

Operators: Northern

Operators: Northern

Operators: Northern

Hope Valley Line Sheffield–Hull Line Adwick–Lincoln Line Doncaster–Leeds Line Doncaster–Scunthorpe Line Sheffield–Rotherham tram-train

Operators: Northern, East Midlands Railway, TransPennine Express

Operators: Northern, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express

Operators: Northern, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express

Operators: Northern, Grand Central, London North Eastern Railway

Operators: Northern, TransPennine Express

Operators: Sheffield Supertram


A – Station is located in West Yorkshire, but SYPTE multi-modal TravelMaster tickets are valid to and from these railway stations.

Opened and re-opened stationsEdit

Eleven new stations were opened by SYPTE between 1983 and 1993. Many of these were re-opened former stations previously closed in the 1960s under the Beeching cuts, but not all; Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe were entirely new stations, Rotherham Central was built to replace the closing Rotherham Masborough which was further away from Rotherham town centre, and Meadowhall Interchange was built to serve the new Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Rotherham Parkgate, the terminus of the Sheffield Supertram tram-train pilot scheme from Sheffield city centre, opened in October 2018.


National Transport AwardsEdit

  • Integrated Transport Authority of the Year (2013).[3]
  • Technology Award for the GetThereSooner project.
  • Rail Station of the Year.
  • Joe Clarke Passenger Transport Authority of the Year.

Institution of Highways and Transportation AwardsEdit

  • IHT/Mouchel Parkman Accessibility Award for Sheffield Station.

Yorkshire Renaissance AwardsEdit

  • Rail Project Award for Sheffield Station.

UK Bus AwardsEdit

  • Local Authority Bus Project of the Year Award for Sheffield Bus Partnership (2013).
  • Making Buses a Better Choice Award for Sheffield Bus Partnership (2013).

Secure Stations SchemeEdit

TravelWise Awards

  • Best Travel Awareness Event Award for Carbon Quids campaign.[4]

Institution of Civil Engineers’ Yorkshire & Humber Awards

  • Award for Excellence for Barnsley Interchange.

Light Rail Awards

  • Project of the Year Award for the £3m Supertram revamp.

Rail Business Awards

Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards

  • Most Innovative Service Delivery Model Award for Sheffield Bus Partnership.


  1. ^ South Yorkshire Transport Authority Sells Off Bus Company to Staff Local Government Chronicle 18 November 1993
  2. ^ Trolleybus starts days at races Commercial Motor 20 July 1985
  3. ^ "Transport Times Events | News/Blog | NATIONAL TRANSPORT AWARDS 2013 - Winners Announced". Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  4. ^ Industry, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and. "Sheffield city council pull out of carbon saving plan". Retrieved 27 January 2018.

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