More jobs to go at South Yorkshire transport executive

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Forty-five jobs could be axed at the organisation supervising public transport services in South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) said it was facing a 10% cut of about £8m to its budget for next year.

The job losses follow a 25% reduction in its workforce over three years which led to 61 job losses in March.

Some evening, weekend and rural bus services could also be affected as a result of the budget reduction.

'Most significant'

The organisation said the latest cuts were "likely to be the most significant to date".

It said the shortfall was a result of district councils facing their own budget cuts.

David Young, SYPTE deputy interim director general, said consultation would take place with the unions before any final decision was made.

The organisation said the cuts need to be identified and implemented in time for 1 April 2014.

Mr Young said: "We have been continually working with operators, our district councils partners and any interested private sector businesses to see how we can mitigate the effect of some these now inevitable cuts.

"But sadly it will be impossible to protect our customers from what will be a reduction in the services we provide."

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