Mayoral contender Richard Caborn looks to bring buses back into public control

Mayoral contender Richard Caborn looks to bring buses back into public control
Bus services across South Yorkshire could be brought back into public control if Richard Caborn is successfully elected South Yorkshire Mayor.

Richard Caborn met today with Sheffield Council’s Lead for Transport, Councillor Jack Scott, and discussed how buses could be re-regulated in the city. These powers could be extended across South Yorkshire, in consultation with local authorities.


New powers have been made available to re-regulate buses through the Bus Services Act 2017. This would enable South Yorkshire to improve the quality of local buses, with a single set of standards across all services. Re-regulation could see a return to the days of cheaper fares. In addition, timetables can be improved and routes redrawn to better connect outlying areas. The entire fleet of buses across South Yorkshire could even become the same colour and branded consistently.

Under a franchised system, like London’s, South Yorkshire could take control of bus planning, with services run under contract by private operators.

Currently South Yorkshire’s bus market is entirely deregulated, with most services provided by private firms. Councils and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive have very limited say over how they are run. This means private bus operators like First and Stagecoach set the majority of their own routes, frequencies, timetables, fares, and standards for most services.

Richard Caborn is currently seeking to be selected as the Labour Party candidate for elected Mayor of South Yorkshire. Launching his campaign last week, Caborn promised to improve transport in the region. He also pledged to fight for better and fairer transport funding, highlighting a key disparity that currently allows ten times as much transport investment to be allocated to London, compared with South Yorkshire.

Seeking Selection as Labour Candidate for South Yorkshire Mayor, Richard Caborn said:

“For too long our buses have been run for the profit of the operator and not for the benefit of passengers. Deregulation has been an unmitigated disaster and, as Mayor, I will work with councils across South Yorkshire to bring our buses back into public control.

“Many people across South Yorkshire rely on a good bus service and what they get from the private bus companies at the moment quite frankly isn’t good enough, we need big changes to services in our region and this will be a priority for me. Better transport is also a key part of growing our economy.

“New powers are available, which will allow South Yorkshire to create a more efficient and affordable bus network, taking us back to the days of cheaper bus fares, with the added opportunity to better link services with trams and trains.”

Sheffield Council’s Lead for Transport, Councillor Jack Scott, said:

“I fully support Richard’s campaign to become Labour’s candidate for South Yorkshire Mayor and I am glad to see that he is prioritising public transport in this bold way.

“Many people in Sheffield travel by bus and, at present, passengers are getting a raw deal. Quite simply, fares are too high, buses are too infrequent and vehicles are too polluting. We need real action. That’s why I believe these new available powers to re-regulate bus services must be implemented urgently and in my view, Richard is the right person with the experience to deliver this.”


Council hope to introduce innovative electric vehicles powered by the waste they collect


Sheffield City Council has applied for funding to convert two of its retired refuse collection vehicles, to run on electricity. The vehicles, operated by Veolia, would be powered by the waste taken away from households in Sheffield.

If successful, the project could reduce the dependence on diesel by converting existing vehicles at the end of their operation life. This plan could also save money as it would allow the waste contractors to continue to use vehicles that would normally be replaced with new ones. Under this scheme they could operate for at least another seven years.

The bid involves a number of partners, including award-winning Sheffield based firm, Magtec Systems Technology. The company is the largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and has exported over 500 around the world, all of which have been converted here in South Yorkshire. This includes 350 electric trucks to America, a fleet of electric vans to Europe and two electric buses to the Himalayas.

Councillor Bryan Lodge and Councillor Jack Scott recently toured Magtec facilities and met with the company’s founder, Marcus Jenkins.

Councillor Jack Scott, the Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability commented:

“We have been very clear that we need to take action in response to the challenges the city faces with air pollution. This scheme is exactly the sort of ground-breaking, innovative opportunity we need to seize to make sure Sheffield’s air is clean and safe for everyone.

“Magtec is such a great Sheffield company, with a proven track record around the world. As well as waste, there is clearly an opportunity for the bus companies in Sheffield to embrace this technology and move away from their dependence on diesel and I’ll be pushing them to do this.”

Councillor Bryan Lodge, the Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene, and responsible for waste collections said: “I was really pleased to have the chance to visit Magtec and be able to speak to Marcus and his team about the work they are doing.

“To be able to trial electric refuse vehicles in Sheffield is a fantastic opportunity, allowing it to be one of the first cities where the vehicles are powered by our waste, using a system that has been designed and manufactured here.”

Sheffield’s Labour Council Blasts Government’s “weak, vague and feeble” Sustainability Plan and commits itself to real action





Sheffield’s Labour Council Blasts Government’s “weak, vague and feeble” Sustainability Plan and commits itself to real action

12 January

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s new 25 Year Sustainability Strategy, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability, Councillor Jack Scott said:

“Just like the Tory government itself, these announcements are weak, vague and feeble. This is a huge missed opportunity to create the greener and more sustainable Britain that we all need. The plan has been slammed by dozens of environmental groups. Michael Gove’s refusal to listen to experts is costing us all dearly.

“It’s ridiculous to have a plan spanning 25 years. A 25 month plan is needed, with real action, vision and tough laws to make it a reality. The lack of timely action is especially concerning in light of the Tories’ turbo-charged Brexit, which will stop the UK having the benefit of the many environmental protections, targets and regulations that help to keep us safe.

“Most concerning of all is the lack of real action. There are no new laws planned and many of these announcements, such as on air quality or climate change, are simply repeating and repackaging previous announcements. We absolutely need to increase recycling rates, but this shouldn’t extend to rehashing government statements and then pretending they are new. Britain deserves a government that will nurture and cherish our green and beautiful island, not this threadbare bodge job.

“The Labour Council in Sheffield takes this issue seriously, even if the government doesn’t. So I’m pleased that next month the Council’s Cabinet will consider a “Green City Strategy”, with the concrete action we need to forge a cleaner, greener and brighter future for our great city.”

Many environmental groups have also criticised the Government’s announcements:

Greenpeace UK’s Executive Director John Sauven said:

“If Theresa May wants to persuade people this is more than just husky-hugging, she needs to put some joined-up thinking at the heart of her strategy. You can’t claim to care about climate change and our countryside and then back fracking, or care about the next generation and then let air pollution harm our kids’ health.

“The environment is now a mainstream concern in this country, with millions of people caring deeply about it. Theresa May has a unique opportunity to rise to the challenge and make Britain a global leader in environmental protection. She should not waste it.”

Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth, Craig Bennett said:

“A long-term vision for protecting our environment is essential, but the Government can’t keep turning a blind eye to the urgent action needed now to protect our health and planet from toxic air and climate-wrecking pollution.

It’s time to stop tinkering at the margins and get to the heart of the problems – especially the nation’s fossil fuels addiction. Ministers must pull the plug on coal, gas and oil, end its support for fracking and develop the UK’s huge renewable power potential.

25 years is a long way off – particularly for a government that might not last 25 weeks. We need action now.”
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Sheffield City Council Launches Green Commission – Come and Join Us

Sheffield City Council is announcing today that it is establishing a Green Commission for the city. This follows from the success of the Fairness Commission, which looked at how Sheffield can be a fairer more equitable place to live and work.

Employing this approach, the Green Commission will explore how Sheffield can be more sustainable and establish the benefits that this will bring across the City.

The Green Commission will create a vision and blueprint for the future of Sheffield as a whole and not just for the city council.

This is a huge task and the Council cannot undertake it alone. We need the public, businesses and organisations across our city to help us shape a vision for a sustainable future for Sheffield.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “We already know Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe and has a proud green heritage. But we also know that we face big challenges, particularly from climate change, which could change every aspect of our lives.

“We need to craft a clear vision for our city so we can take clear, long-term action to make sure that we are protecting our environment and building a strong economy.” 

“I’m really pleased to be launching this Commission that will take a long-term look at Sheffield’s environment and build a blueprint for action. I hope as many people as possible will get involved and come to the event we are holding to launch Sheffield’s Green Commission.”


The first public meeting of the Green Commission will be held on April 8th at 7pm in the Town Hall. This first meeting will be a chance to help guide the process and decide the key topics for the Green Commission to concentrate on.

Due to space constraints, numbers are limited to around 100 people so it is vital that you notify us in advance of your attendance and any special requirements you may have.

If you wish to attend please email us on


Sheffield: Britain’s Leading Green City

Sheffield is rightly known one of Europe’s greenest cities.

We have produced the following infographic to highlight some of our achievements as well as the challenges and actions we will be undertaking to maintain this strong reputation.

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