Tuesday, September 3, 2013

News: Carillion selected for Tinsley Link project

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Carillion, a leading integrated support services company, has been named as the preferred contracter for the £10m tender for the Tinsley Link road that will cut journey times and relieve congestion between Rotherham and Sheffield.

The link road connects Meadowhall Way, Sheffield and Sheffield Road, Rotherham under the Tinsley Viaduct at Junction 34 of the M1. It is the key part of the Northern route of the South Yorkshire Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme that aims to improve the links between Rotherham and Sheffield passing Meadowhall, the Lower Don Valley and Templeborough.

With a value of £10.9m, the contract involves the "the construction of a new roadway, pavements and kerbs, substantial earthworks, two new bridges, traffic signals, junction works and various other sundry works. In addition it includes the design and construction of a substantial piled reinforced earth embankment and also traffic management."

Six bids were received and Carillion Construction Ltd in Sheffield has been named as the preferred bidder by Sheffield Council.

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

A recent 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.

It is hoped that the scheme will launch in Summer 2015.

SYPTE website

Images: Sheffield Council

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