A SOUTH Yorkshire mayoral candidate has set out his plan to overhaul transport in Barnsley - and extend SuperTram services into the town - should he be elected.

Simon Biltcliffe, 56, will be running in the mayoral election on May 5 and said public transport is amazingly important for economic regeneration and environment, but more needs to be done to improve it.

He said: “One in four people in Barnsley have no independent means of transport.

“Something has to change, and it has to change rapidly.

“It’s fair to say that at the moment no-one thinks it’s working.

“Franchising for our buses would also be the best way forward.”

He believes the future of better transport links - such as SuperTram in Barnsley - would be down to government funding, something Simon says the town has been let down by.

“Either the funding is not appropriate or it hasn’t been done fairly.

“We’ve been left out, and we need to get to the root cause of how we can get the opportunities we need.

“We need to make sure the people of South Yorkshire’s voices are being heard, which is one of the reasons why I’m running for mayor.”