WITH Christmas around the corner, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is reminding customers to plan ahead for their travel during the festive period in Barnsley.

From Friday, December 27 until Monday, December 30, buses will follow a Saturday service, apart from Sunday, December 29, when they will operate a Sunday timetable. Train services will run as normal after a late start on Friday.

On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, buses will run a Saturday service, with last departures between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, whereas trains will run a normal service.

“Most local bus, tram and train services will follow Saturday timetables with an early finish, but, as usual, there will be no bus or train services on Christmas Day or Boxing Day in Barnsley,” said SYPTE’s director of customer services Tim Taylor.

There will be no bus services on New Year’s Day, but they will follow a Saturday timetable with some exceptions on Thursday, January 2 and Friday, January 3, resuming normal service on Saturday, January 4.

Trains will resume normal timetables on New Year’s Day, after a late start.

“Trains are expected to be busier than usual and customers are encouraged to check with National Rail or their operating company for any planned engineering works or local service updates,” added Tim.

“Customers can register with Travel South Yorkshire to receive a free email alert whenever there are changes to public transport services.”

From Boxing Day until New Year’s Day, holders of SYPTE-issued English National Concessionary Travel Scheme Senior Passes can travel for free on bus and tram, and for half fare on Northern Rail services within South Yorkshire, without restrictions from the start to end of service.

People can register for timetable updates by visiting travelsouthyorkshire.com/gettimetables.