60 jobs to go at regional transport body

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SIXTY jobs will be lost at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive as they try to make budget savings.

Staffing levels at the authority, which oversees public transport in the region, are set to be cut from 360 to 300 - a 16 per cent reduction of the overall workforce.

David Brown, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Director General, said: “We are all aware that the country’s economic difficulties are continuing and all public sector organisations are subsequently facing budget cuts. SYPTE is no different, and it is with much regret that we need to make difficult decisions with regard to the deployment of the budget and associated resources.

“This has resulted in the need to make significant workforce reductions through a combination of voluntary and compulsory redundancies, and voluntary early retirement in order to meet the budget savings required.

“SYPTE has made this very difficult decision in consultation with trade union officials and comprehensive workforce reviews.”

“Every effort will be made to minimise the impact on the customer, and SYPTE will continue to identify, develop and deliver key strategic priorities for the whole of the Sheffield City Region.”

The job losses bring the total at SYPTE to 100 since 2011/12.

Consultations with the workforce will start from next week. SYPTE will work with those affected to help identify and consider any employment opportunities.