Each week we rate how well a local council promoted the bus services in its area. This week, it's the turn of the four councils of South Yorkshire, who work together in transport matters through Travel South Yorkshire.
Where do the buses go?
There is an interactive map, but it's rather clunky to use and doesn't give you an easy overview of what goes where. Bus maps do exist, but to find them you have to go to the timetable finder and enter "map" before clicking on 'Search'. You then see links to five maps that between them cover the whole county. Town and city centre enlargements are also provided. These maps are excellent, but the fact they are so difficult to find forces me to dock a point. 4 out of 5.
The aforementioned timetable finder makes it easy to find the timetable for any bus route in South Yorkshire, allowing you to search either by location or by route number. 5 out of 5.
A range of single and multi-operator as well as multi-modal tickets are mentioned, but it's difficult to get an overview, as you need to go through the ticket finder in order to see a filtered list. A better overview of the multi-operator tickets is given on the TravelMaster website, but TSY don't mention this anywhere near as clearly as they ought to. Information about single fares is simply not available. Plusbus isn't mentioned, which is a shame as it is valid countywide. 2 out of 5.
Good quality maps exist, but aren't easy to find. Timetables are excellent. Fares information could be better organised because the range of tickets is great, it just isn't that easy to see what's available and to find the right one for your needs. Travel South Yorkshire scores a total of 11 out of 15.