PUBLIC transport users have been advised to plan ahead when making journeys over the next few days.

Buses run by First, Arriva, Stagecoach, Globe and Powells will run reduced Saturday services today (New Year’s Eve), with an early finish at around 7pm, while Watersons will run a Monday to Friday service.

Tomorrow, no services will run. On Sunday and Monday, operators - except Stagecoach, due to industrial action by its drivers that starts tomorrow - will run a standard Sunday service.

But commuters are urged to be aware there could be additional disruption due to the ongoing pandemic and other factors.

From Tuesday, dedicated school buses between Penistone Grammar School and Barnsley, Wortley, Barugh Green, and Mapplewell, and between Outwood Academy Shafton and Cudworth, will run in line with school start and finish times.

The X17 between Barnsley and Matlock will also run as normal despite industrial action.

Director of public transport operations at South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, Tim Taylor, said: “With engineering work, planned strike action, timetable changes, and a risk of staff shortages and short-notice cancellations from coronavirus in the coming weeks, we’re expecting some disruption to normal public transport services.

“So, we’re urging passengers to plan ahead and check before they travel, to stay safe and follow Government travel guidance.

“Remember to wear a face cover unless you’re exempt, keep windows open to let fresh air in whenever possible, and wash or sanitise your hands frequently, so everyone can stay safe this festive season.”