A NEW bus service connecting the Dearne Valley is launched today (Fri).
The Service 22 will run from Rotherham to Barnsley, via Parkgate, Rawmarsh, Dearne Valley College, Manvers, Wath, West Melton, Wombwell and Stairfoot.
Bus operator First said it will run every 10 minutes, Monday to Saturday, from 7am-7pm.
The service will be officially launched at the Old Moor Wetland Centre by Chris MacCormac, the President of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, and John Hoare, Chairman of South Yorkshire Transport Users Group.
It is part of a £2.5m investment by First to create new bus services and jobs across the area.
The fleet of 21 low-floor buses will allow easy access for customers with pushchairs and wheelchair users.
They will also be fitted with CCTV cameras.
A total of 39 new jobs will be created for bus drivers.
Bob Hamilton, Managing Director for First in South Yorkshire, said: “Our aim is to stimulate market growth and is part of a number of our plans and initiatives over the coming months to grow the number of bus passengers within the South Yorkshire region, a trend we have seen growing positively in recent months.
“Our multi-million pound investment in buses and jobs is a very positive step for both First and the local communities that we serve and will help deliver further success across South Yorkshire.
“The Dearne Valley has many businesses, colleges and schools that need better transport links, and we are keen to provide a high frequency service that introduces these new and improved transport links.”