Clive Betts

  1. Trams could be mothballed without extra funding - Mayor

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Sheffield MPs have written an urgent letter to the government asking it to keep buses and trams running when emergency funding ends this week.

    Supertram

    Supertram services in Sheffield and Rotherham could be mothballed if the government fails to step in with further resources, Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis has warned.

    Sheffield City Region bosses were given £1.3m in May to support the Stagecoach Supertram network following a massive reduction in passenger numbers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Government intervention is set to end today and Mayor Jarvis has described shutting down the service as a "terrible situation" but it would come as a "last resort".

    Labour MPs Clive Betts, Olivia Blake, Paul Blomfield, Gill Furniss and Louise Haigh have now intervened and written to Transport Minister Grant Shapps.

    Mr Betts, who recently led a review of buses, said: “Keeping buses and trams running is absolutely essential to allow key workers to get to work.

    “Having bus operators go out of business or the tram stopping running will cause short term chaos in essential services and in the longer term add to the problems of congestion, pollution and climate change.

    “The Government’s financial help so far has been welcome and essential but it must continue.”

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    Video caption: Prime Minister questioned on 16 square metre homes

    Chair of the Housing Committee Clive Betts questioned the PM on flats which are 16 square metres.

  3. Public ownership of buses to be considered following review

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The possibility of taking South Yorkshire buses back into public control or in the way of a franchise should be seriously considered, a comprehensive review has suggested.

    A bus

    The findings of the South Yorkshire Bus Review chaired and compiled by Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts, has found a raft of shocking failings throughout the county’s public transport network.

    Recommendations show Sheffield City Region bosses should procure the necessary expertise to "financially and legally investigate" the process of franchising right away.

    But the possibility of creating a municipal bus company – owned and run by the Sheffield City Region – should come no more than five years after the creation of a new South Yorkshire-wide Enhanced Partnership.

    Franchising should be considered after about three years by June 2023.

    Sheffield Council was the most in favour of taking services back into public ownership or in the way of a franchise model.

    Barnsley Council was said to be the most against it with Rotherham and Doncaster sitting somewhere in between.

    The panel said in a 100-plus page report there was a "lack of leadership" from the bus operators, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), councils and from the Sheffield City Region.

    Mr Betts concluded there is ‘too many layers of leadership’ without the ‘leverage and power’ to bring about real change.

    The body would also be scrapped and merged with the SCR executive team as part of the plans.

  4. BreakingSheffield South East: Labour hold

    Labour's Clive Betts has been re-elected as MP for Sheffield South East.

  5. Listen: Sheffield MP praises medics for cancer treatment

    Veteran MP Clive Betts says he owes deep gratitude to his GP and hospital staff after being diagnosed with a rare blood cancer.

    The member for Sheffeld South East says thanks to their efforts he's been able to continue working through months of treatment.

    Mr Betts says he's feeling well and will be undergoing stem cell treatment in the near future:

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    Video caption: Clive Betts on cancer treatment