TRANSPORT chiefs are bidding for millions of pounds in government funding to improve bus services in Barnsley and South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is applying to the Better Bus Area Fund for cash to make buses quicker by introducing things like smart cards that work across all operators and improving traffic flow in the town centre.

It is also considering a joint scheme with Jobcentre Plus that would help thousands of young people into work and training by giving them free travel for three months.

If successful the bid would attract £4.91m from the Department for Transport as well as pulling in another £7.3m in local contributions.