South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
TypePassenger Transport Executive
IndustryPublic transport
Founded1 April 1974
(Local Government Act 1972)
HeadquartersBroad Street West
Area served
South Yorkshire
ParentSouth Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority
SYPTE Daimler CVG6 in Sheffield in September 1976
SYPTE Daimler CVG6 in Sheffield in September 1976

The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive is the passenger transport executive for South Yorkshire in England. It is supervised by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, which consists of representatives from the metropolitan boroughs of Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, and Barnsley.


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 Yorkshire

Logo for Travel South Yorkshire
Logo for Travel South Yorkshire

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 information

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

Travel interchanges

Sheffield Interchange

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 ticketing

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 interchanges

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.


Main article: Trolleybuses in Doncaster § Doncaster Racecourse experiment

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.



Stations in italics are located outside of the South Yorkshire PTE area.

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 stations

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 Awards

Institution of Highways and Transportation Awards

Yorkshire Renaissance Awards

UK Bus Awards

Secure Stations Scheme

TravelWise Awards

Institution of Civil Engineers’ Yorkshire & Humber Awards

Light Rail Awards

Rail Business Awards

Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards


  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.