RETRO PICTURES: Little Nippers, 2p fares, bendy buses and Eager Beavers - South Yorkshire buses in the 1980s

Little Nippers were a familar sight across South Yorkshire in the 80s and 90s.
Little Nippers were a familar sight across South Yorkshire in the 80s and 90s.

The news that bus fares are to rise in South Yorkshire will have many commuters longing for a time when a trip cost 2p and you'd be jumping on board a brighly coloured Little Nipper bus.

Not so long ago, getting around South Yorkshire used to be a ridiculously cheap affair - children could travel the length and breadth of the county for just 2p, while the cost for adults was 7p.

And what's more, you'd get to travel on board some of the country's most futuristic transport - Sheffield was the first UK city to use bendy buses in the 1980s and then mini-clipper style buses by names such as Little Nipper and Eager Beaver were a familiar sight on the region's roads.

And many children of the early 80s will recall the automated Videmat ticket machines where you would feed coins into a slot - and then get the image of the money you'd used printed out on your ticket.

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The 1990s proved to be a colourful time for the region's public transport.

Sheffield welcome the novelty of bendy buses in the 1980s.

Sheffield welcome the novelty of bendy buses in the 1980s.

Whereas today, we’ve got First Bus and Stagecoach, the 90s proved to be a veritable rainbow of service providers at almost every stop.

The green and yellow Yorkshire Terrier, the red and yellow Mainline buses – the main operator at the time – the Eager Beavers and the blue and beige Andrews firm as well as Yorkshire Traction "Tracky" buses, Leon and Wilfreda Beehive vehicles, among others.

And there was also the Electroline trolley bus, a fully electric converted bus which ran off overhead lines and was trialled for many years along the Straight Mile at Doncaster Racecourse.

Jump aboard and take a step back in time to South Yorkshire bus travel of days gone by.

A Little Nipper bus heading for Norton.

A Little Nipper bus heading for Norton.

And if you're looking for some more bus nostalgia, check out our gallery of Doncaster buses in the 80s and 90s HERE

The launch of South Yorkshire's Fastline service in the mid 1980s.

The launch of South Yorkshire's Fastline service in the mid 1980s.

Sheffield was the first UK city to offer bendy buses.

Sheffield was the first UK city to offer bendy buses.

Can you remember travelling on board an Eager Beaver?

Can you remember travelling on board an Eager Beaver?

The distinctive red and yellow Mainline livery of the 90s.

The distinctive red and yellow Mainline livery of the 90s.

A multi-coloured array of Sheffield buses in the 90s.

A multi-coloured array of Sheffield buses in the 90s.

The days when Sheffield's streets were crammed with buses.

The days when Sheffield's streets were crammed with buses.

Videmat machines would print out the coins used on your ticket and were popular on buses in the early 80s in South Yorkshire.

Videmat machines would print out the coins used on your ticket and were popular on buses in the early 80s in South Yorkshire.