Tuesday, August 27, 2013

News: Transport schemes move forward

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Important transport schemes in the Sheffield city region that could deliver thousands of new jobs and homes are moving forward.

The £56m Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) has completed its final statutory procedure with the Secretary of State for Transport granting Doncaster Council the powers to purchase the land needed to build the scheme and to carry out the necessary work to public and private rights of way.

The start of construction works is on the horizon that will create the new connection from Junction 3 of the M18 to the south of Doncaster. It is hoped that the road will become operational in 2015.

This regionally significant project, with backing from the Government's Regional Growth Fund, will help to regenerate the village of Rossington, cut journey times, ease congestion, support further growth at Robin Hood Airport and provide the necessary road infrastructure for major private sector investments including the Inland Port development and the re-development of the former colliery site at Rossington. It has also been supported by private sector developer contributions, the Growing Places Fund and Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Progress is also being made on the Northern route of the South Yorkshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme aims to improve the links between Rotherham and Sheffield passing Meadowhall, the Lower Don Valley and Templeborough.

The £36m project aims help to foster economic growth along the corridor by helping people access jobs and opportunities.

An update to Rotherham Council's Cabinet showed that the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) are now submitting the Full Approval application to the Department for Transport (DFT) for the £19.406m that was announced in 2011 and project partners are signing up to a Collaboration and Funding Agreement.

Funding for the scheme is expected to come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), but this has not yet been approved. The SYPTE are in on-going discussions with Department of Communities and Local Government regarding this. A decision is expected before the Full Approval application would be made, and would be conditional on DfT full approval being received.

The remaining funding is to come from the region's Local Transport Plan and local developers through section 106 contributions underwitten by the Growing Places Fund.

Bidders state that it will help to unlock 4,000 jobs in the Lower Don Valley linked to schemes such as the River Don District, the Outokumpu site and areas of Templeborough. It includes areas benefiting from the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone.

The development is expected to generate an estimated £200m for the local economy each year, increase public transport patronage by 7,500 passengers per day, and reduce carbon emissions by 6,320 tonnes over 60 years.

The scheme involves a high-frequency, limited stop service with new state-of-the-art vehicles. The main feature is a £20m alternative all transport route which bypasses the congested M1 junction 34 South by providing a new section of highway beneath the Tinsley Viaduct. The link road already has planning permission and the Compulsory Purchase Order process has been completed to obtain the land needed in Sheffield.

In addition to the interchange in Rotherham, stops are proposed for Westgate in the town centre and Bradmarsh Way and Grange Lane at Templeborough. New bus lanes and improvements such as those proposed at Ickles Roundabout and the junction of Westgate and Main Street will give buses priority and help reduce total journey times to 20 minutes.

SYPTE website

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