Monday, April 28, 2014

News: Scheme completed at J33

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The Highway Agency has completed a pinch point scheme, reducing congestion and improving journeys for drivers around Junction 33 of the M1 at Catcliffe in Rotherham.

The government-funded, £2m improvement at J33 involved widening the southbound exit slip road and roundabout, and builds on the previous year's widening of the northbound exit slip road, helping to ease congestion, reduce delays and prevent motorists queuing back on to the M1 southbound carriageway. The scheme will make journey times more reliable and improve access to Rotherham, Sheffield, and the surrounding areas.

The northern side of the roundabout has been widened from two lanes to four lanes and the A630 Rotherway leading to the M1 southbound entry slip road has been widened from three lanes to four. It also includes replacing traffic signs and signals, street lights, safety barriers, and fencing; and installing new high friction surfacing, road markings, kerbing and drains.

The Highways Agency has also recently completed a similar scheme at Junction 40 on the M1 and to ensure these schemes ware completed with as little disruption to drivers as possible, most of the work took place over night. The Agency, its consultants and its contractors worked together to deliver both schemes ahead of time and to budget.

Roger Wantling, service delivery team leader at the Highways Agency, said: "Drivers will now experience a reduction in congestion and delays around these two important junctions. The work should also improve road safety and contribute to a reduction in accidents in the areas. We would like to thank drivers for their patience while the work was being carried out."

As well as a key route into the borough, J33 is an important piece of infrastructure for sites within the nearby Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone such as the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

The AMP is part of Harworth Estates' £100m Waverley regeneration project on the site of the former Orgreave colliery in Rotherham. It is the biggest brownfield site development in South Yorkshire and covers 741 acres, an area bigger than Sheffield city centre.

Highways Agency website

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