BARNSLEY'S commuters are being urged to leave their car at home and instead travel by bus for a day after a new free ticket initiative was launched.

The 'Give the Bus a Go' initiative has been launched by Travel South Yorkshire, together with Inmotion! and Stagecoach Yorkshire, to encourage more people to try Barnsley’s buses and benefit the environment.

Street teams will be in Barnsley this month handing out vouchers that can be exchanged for a free Stagecoach dayrider ticket, giving car users the chance to try travelling by bus to work, college, shopping or football.

Street team locations

Metrodome Leisure Complex on October 11, 1-5pm

Oakwell Stadium on October 19, 1-6pm

Alhambra Shopping Centre on October 26, 2-6pm

The Inmotion! project is delivered through South Yorkshire’s £24.6million Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) - a partnership between South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils that aims to make the journey to work simpler, easier or even healthier.

David Young, SYPTE's deputy interim director general, said: "Barnsley’s public transport network offers a convenient, stress free and more environmentally friendly way to get to work.

"It's a good idea for when town is busy, parking is limited or when there’s an event or football match taking place.

"We’re delighted to be able to offer car users a free travel for the day by Stagecoach bus in Barnsley as part of our Give the Bus a Go campaign."