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    The Go! TeamEDITOR Paul Wells DESIgN William Winder COPywRITERS Juliet Shaw Rebecca Sheppard PhOTOgRAPhy Jack Eames

    As the nights start to draw in and a chill descends on the air, the Go! Team can always be relied upon to brighten up your autumnal nights!

    And this issue, we have help from some exceptional Bright young things a new generation of talent who show extraordinary promise in their chosen fields, from sport to pop to business. meet them on page 12 and prepare to be inspired!

    Weve got a few laughs to look forward to too what better way to warm your cockles than with a night in the company of the best comedians around. Grin up north returns to Sheffield for a 31-day festival of fun featuring 60 top and upcoming artists in venues all around the city. See our preview feature, Brothers Grin on page 22, to meet the guys behind the funnies.

    theres plenty on for the children as well Don Valley Bowl plays host to the annual After Dark party on bonfire night, and magna has all sorts of spooky goings on with its Spooky October Half term special week. For more ideas for family days out, turn to page 8 to see Whats on across the region, or check out our centre spread for a Grand day out in Sheffield.

    In profile (page 10) you get two for the price of one! Hallam Fm DJs Becky and Ollie Hayes give us all the gossip from behind the scenes on their radio shows and tell us why they love nothing more than a good old walk in the South Yorkshire countryside.

    Our Last stop is at Keepmoat Stadium, where on page 33 we find out just how much effort goes into Doncaster Rovers community programme.

    Dont forget your chance to win 1000s worth of prizes on page 30. And as always, wed love to hear your views on Go! Magazine too give us your feedback in our Reader survey (page 31) and you could be in with a chance to win free bus, tram and train travel in South Yorkshire for a year!

    Happy reading!

    the Go! Team

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    this issue...FEATURES

    12 Bright young things From tumbling to tyre tracks Go! discovers the regions most promising young talent.

    18 Grand day out theres oodles to do in Sheffield this autumn. Get out and about with our handy guide of where to go and what to see in the Steel City!

    20 Get real We find out just how easy it is to get around South Yorkshire in the 21st century.

    22 Brothers Grin Local funny guy toby Foster and events manager Scott Barton talk to Go! about the comedy festival thats taken Sheffield by storm!

    26 Riding it out Go! learns how public transport is getting personal in the midst of the recession.

    33 Last stop Donny Rovers shine the spotlight on the importance of working with the local community.

    Look out for our expert travel tips for the best way to get around by Bus , Train or Tram . For further travel tips call Traveline on 01709 51 51 51 or visit travelsouthyorkshire.com


    5 News Whats going on in the world of public transport?

    8 Whats on Our pick of the regions best events this autumn.

    10 profile Hallam Fm DJs Becky and Ollie Hayes catch up with the Go! Team.

    29 A day in the life of... We stop by Doncaster Park & Ride and meet Customer Service Officer, Adrian Priestly.

    30 competition Win 1000s worth of prizes!

    31 Letters If we print your letter you get free travel for a month get writing!

    32 Reader survey Give us your feedback and be in with a chance to win a years free travel on South Yorkshires public transport (worth 850!)

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  • newsSouth YorkShire PaSSenger tranSPort executive (SYPTE) was named one of the most forward thinking transport organisations in the country as it won the technology prize in the industry Oscars this summer.

    SYPTE and its partners in the scheme (Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council and the Highways Agency) were the winners for the Get There Sooner project at the National Transport Awards in London.

    And SYPTE was also highly commended in the Most Innovative Transport Project Award for the TravelMaster ticket, which it administrates on behalf of transport operators.

    Get There Sooner is a state-of-the-art system that provides up to the minute updates on travel information, such as congestion on the roads or parking availability.

    Judges at the National Transport Awards 2009, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, were impressed by the suite of information systems which allows users to have information sent direct to their mobile phones or made available on the internet.

    The system was developed using funding from EU Objective One and already has around 1,000 subscribers despite not even having its official launch. This is planned for this September when a new website will go live with additional travel information. Variable messaging signs are also being installed throughout South Yorkshire to give advice to people on the move.

    Get There Sooner is considered to be just the beginning in what is planned as a continual evolution of SYPTEs intelligent transport systems offering the public the

    best quality information.David Brown, SYPTE Director

    General, said: It is a great honour to have won this award, which is testament to all the hard work we and our partners have put in to developing this project.

    People increasingly want information delivered in a variety of ways and Get There Sooner aims to ensure that people have it at their fingertips so as to enable them to make the best travel options

    possible and keep our roads flowing smoothly.

    The National Transport Awards were hosted by writer, broadcaster and television presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli and drew over 700 transport professionals to the ceremony.

    Paul Clark MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, gave the opening address to the ceremony.

    He said: The National Transport

    Awards is one of the very few ceremonies that unites the whole transport sector, and celebrates the many local authorities and businesses who have made a real difference to transport over the past year.

    For more information on Get There Sooner, visit travelsouthyorkshire.com/gettheresooner

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  • ...in brief Extra buses for Dearne Valley Bus services in Dearne Valley have been beefed up in a bid to improve access to employment opportunities in the area.

    South Yorkshire Passenger transport Executive (SYPtE) is paying for more services to run, using funding which it has won from

    the European Regional Development Fund provided by the European Union to support economic development in the region.

    the extra services are part of a raft of initiatives, known as Access to Opportunities, aimed at increasing the travel options available to people looking for work, as well as helping

    Drive to improve air qualityStagecoach Yorkshire has become the first public transport company in the UK to sign up for a new scheme designed to improve local air quality.

    The leading bus operator has become part of the Care4Air ECO Stars Fleet Recognition programme in South Yorkshire.

    The scheme recognises fleet operators who are using lower polluting vehicles and effective fuel management.

    Stagecoach, which operates services across South Yorkshire, received a three-star rating following an assessment of individual vehicles and overall road transport operations.

    Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said:

    We are proud to become the first public transport company to sign up to Care4Air ECO Stars and play our part in making a positive contribution towards improving local air quality.

    The three-star rating is recognition for our commitment to improving the efficiency of vehicles, reducing fuel consumption and reducing emissions, all helping to improve air quality. We also hope to set an example to local organisations and highlight to others the importance of investing in lower polluting vehicles.Photo: Stagecoach Yorkshires managing director Paul Lynch (left) and Alan West, ECO Stars Coordinator.