BUS passengers in Barnsley have made savings on thousands of journeys since a fare cap was introduced in early November.

All bus fares in South Yorkshire have been capped at £2 for adults and 80p for juniors since November 1.

The measure, introduced by Labour South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard, followed a £12.3 million rescue package for bus routes and school services that faced the threat of cuts from operators.

Across South Yorkshire, bus and tram passengers have made savings of nearly £500,000 in total on over one million journeys.

Mr Coppard said: “As the cost of living crisis continues to affect us all and we brace for further challenges, I am determined to do all I can to help our community get through this Winter with the power and resources I have.

“I know cutting public transport costs is a big part of the solution for the thousands of people in our region who rely on our buses and tram network.”

The fare cap in South Yorkshire will run until March, while the government plans to introduce a similar nationwide scheme from January.

Mr Coppard added: “While we recognise there’s a lot of work to do to fix our broken public transport system, bit by bit we’re trying to make things better for the travelling public and this is the start of that journey.”