Greens expressed disappointment as South Yorkshire failed to win a penny of government funding for buses. Sheffield is the only major city to receive none of the £7 billion the government announced today.

Cllr Douglas Johnson, who leads the Green group on Sheffield City Council and is the Executive Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, said,

“I am acutely disappointed and frustrated that Sheffield and South Yorkshire have lost out on this major investment in bus services. This can only be bad news for the travelling public trying to get to jobs, homes and friends right across South Yorkshire. Improved bus services are better for people on the buses and also better for those who still have to use other forms of transport.

“The Government said it would not fund areas that did not show sufficient ambition, including for improvements to bus priority. Sadly, the Bus Service Improvement Plan put forward under the Labour mayor Dan Jarvis’ leadership had so little ambition in it that – if fully successful – it would have meant fewer people using buses in the future.

“That is why I refused to vote to endorse it at the Transport and the Environment Board of the Mayoral Combined Authority. I argued there needed to be much greater input from the public and interested parties to draw up the plan. The plan was approved by the Labour-controlled South Yorkshire Combined Authority.”

Bex Whyman, the Green Party candidate to be the next South Yorkshire Mayor, commented,

Bex Whyman
Bex Whyman, Green Candidate for South Yorkshire Mayor

“Dan Jarvis and the Labour leaders have really let South Yorkshire down at a time when people are crying out for better bus services and bus company employees for better pay and working conditions.

It’s clear to me that the only way forward is to elect a full time Green Mayor, I will disrupt the status quo and fight for the bus services that South Yorkshire deserves.

“Climate change and air pollution both demand that we get as many people as possible to switch from private cars to public transport. As long as councils across South Yorkshire continue to undermine bus services by subsidising low-cost parking, the public will suffer.”



  1. The government announcement on the new £7 billion funding is here:
  2. Other regions won funds of £90m (Manchester), £160m (Newcastle) and £70m (West Yorkshire)
  3. The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) is published here:  Under this plan, the target is for passenger journeys to fall from 92 million / year in 2018/19 to 77 million in 2024/25.

The Green City ward councillors welcome the Connecting Sheffield proposals for improving active travel infrastructure by adding segregated cycle lanes and much needed pedestrian crossings, reducing public transport travel time and adding greenery to the ward, which is one of the most deprived wards in Sheffield in greenery and green spaces.

Ruth and Douglas at Ball St Bridge Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
Cllr Ruth Mersereau and Cllr Douglas Johnson at Ball St bridge at a Sheffield Greenpeace event calling for more Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

In discussions with and listening to residents in Kelham Island and Neepsend the need for cutting off the rat run through Kelham Island has come up many times, we welcome that this scheme finally addresses this.

Alongside this the crossing at Rutland Road junction has been much requested by residents and visitors alike and is something we have been pushing for for many years. People do not feel safe crossing there at the moment, and there is no nearby managed crossing. Adding one will make a big difference to the area, especially considering potentially increased demand with applications for new developments in the area.

Dutch Roundabout proposal for West Bar
ConnectingSheffield proposals for a Dutch roundabout at West Bar

It is welcome to see a change in transportation planning and to see innovations like the Dutch roundabout proposed, which would give pedestrians and cyclists priority. We welcome this, although note that improvements can be made to the suggested to design, such as those made by CycleSheffield and wish these are taken into account.

To meet our carbon neutral ambitions as a city, country and world we must make carbon free means of transportation as accessible as possible. Improving public transport infrastructure and reducing the time taken to reach destinations by public transport is important in providing environmentally friendly viable alternatives to private car travel. Improving active travel infrastructure has been shown to increase the amount of use of active travel, which as well as being good for the planet is also good for our health.

We would like to encourage all nearby residents, people who work in the area and those who travel in the area to submit feedback so suggestions can be taken into account.

Feedback can be left on the Connecting Sheffield page: