Councillors Walking Surgery – “Really Successful”

At the moment we can’t hold regular surgeries in venues such as libraries or community centres, so Birley Councillors are planning a series of Walking Surgeries which means visiting areas of the ward and meeting people where they live.
Today Birley Ward councillors were out and about in the Hackenthorpe area. Karen, Denise and Bryan were joined by colleagues from Beighton and Mosborough Wards. They were also accompanied by Police Community Support Officers, Philip Clayton and Roger Shalome. This was an opportunity for residents to meet councillors and the PCSO’s and share any issues and concerns they have.
The Birley Councillors met and spoke with 17 people in just two hours and a variety of issues (such as speeding traffic, housing repairs, an abandoned car, inappropriate parking, tree maintenance, and grass verges) were brought to their attention. All issues raised are being followed up by the councillors (or the PCSO’s) and, although they can’t promise to resolve issues in every case, they will be working with relevant departments to try and sort out any problems.
Councillor Karen McGowan said “I think this morning’s exercise was very successful and it was great to meet so many people from the ward. We are now planning the next walking surgery and, wherever that is we will let residents know in advance.”
In the meantime, if you have concerns to raise with councillors please get in touch using the contact details on the Birley Ward Councillors facebook page or on our website:

Temporary Disruption To Evening Tram Services.

Information from Councillor Karen McGowan.

We have received the following information from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive regarding temporary disruption to evening tram services in our area due to essential engineering works.

This will affect Purple and Blue Route evening services between Monday 7th June and Thursday 10th June.

During this time, the last the last Blue Route service from Malin Bridge to Halfway will be 20:43 (20:59 from Cathedral) and from Halfway to City at 21:46. Later services will only operate between Malin Bridge and Sheffield Station to the revised timetable

Purple Route trams will stop operating earlier than normal. The last departure from Cathedral to Herdings will be at 21:42 and the last departure Herdings to Cathedral at 22:08.

Customers impacted by these service changes may use valid tram tickets on Stagecoach and First bus services in the affected areas. These include:

First service 8 between City and Birley Lane

First service 11/11a between City and Herdings

First service 51 between City and White Lane

First/Stagecoach service 120 between City, Manor Top and Halfway

Information on revised timetables can be found at


Online Applications for Young People’s Travel Passes.

Information from Councillor Karen McGowan.

We have received the following information from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive regarding online applications for young people’s travel passes.

It is fast approaching the end of the current academic year and the new academic year will be on us soon. We wanted to take this opportunity to promote the benefits of our free travel passes to people aged 18 and under and encourage young people and parents to apply for a concessionary pass.

Concessionary travel passes provide proof of eligibility to travel for a concessionary fare of 80p per single journey. Additionally, pass holders are eligible to purchase a range of discounted daily, weekly and 28-day tickets from bus and tram operators, including prepaid tickets offering unlimited travel across South Yorkshire.

Our travel passes are available to young people aged 18 and under who live in South Yorkshire.  Early application is encouraged in order to benefit from discounted travel over the summer holidays. The quickest way to apply for a pass is online by creating a MyTSY account. Full details on how to apply can be found at

We aim to dispatch each pass within 11 days of receiving a completed online application if all details are correct.

If customers are unable to apply online, we are asking them to give our Traveline team a call on 01709 515151, between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday or 8am and 7pm Saturday and Sunday, and they will happily talk them through their options.

In addition, to help with the region’s recovery post-pandemic, the Mayor of South Yorkshire Dan Jarvis announced an extension to SYPTE’s young person’s travel concession to include those between 18 and 21 years old. The concession will allow passengers with a valid Zoom Beyond 18-21 Travel Pass to travel for 80p per single journey on bus and tram within South Yorkshire, from 21 June 2021 to 20 June 2022. The pass will expire either on 20 June 2022 or the day before the person’s 22nd birthday, whichever is sooner. Further information regarding the Zoom Beyond Travel Pass can be found at

We will automatically issue existing 16-18 Travel Pass holders with a new Zoom Beyond 18-21 Travel Pass during week commencing 31 May, though they should continue to use their 16-18 Travel Pass until it expires on 31 July.