Thursday, March 18, 2021

News: Consultation starts on Parkgate link road

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Consultation has begun on proposals to ease congestion and improve transport, walking and cycling infrastructure at Parkgate in Rotherham.

Rothbiz reported earlier this month that multimillion pound plans were being outlined, including a £7m new access route into Parkgate Shopping from Aldwarke Lane.

Also in the proposals are a 300 space Park and Ride site at the tram-train stop and road widening to the southern entry and exit arms of the Taylors Lane roundabout on the A633.

The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is now getting ready to submit a planning application for the works in the summer.

£11.52m is required from the Sheffield City Region's (SCR's) Transforming Cities Fund towards project costs of £12.86m.

Consultation documents show that the proposed new 800 metre Parkgate Link Road between Aldwarke Lane and both Stonerow Way and Stadium Way will provide a second access route to Parkgate Shopping, via a roundabout between the two railway bridges. It is designed to relieve existing congestion on the A633 around Parkgate Shopping and improve traffic flow and bus journey times on the corridor and wider road network.

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The proposed new link road will also provide a safer and more attractive environment for walking and cycling via a shared footway / cycleway. It will also unlock the brownfield land between Aldwarke Lane and Parkgate Shopping for development.

The road provides the opportunity to access a proposed new 300 space Park & Ride facility for the tram-train (a £3.4m project) to be located on brownfield land close to the existing Matalan store.

The innovative tram-train service began operation in 2018, connecting Parkgate with Rotherham town centre, Meadowhall and Sheffield city centre. Scheme proponents say that by "capturing Sheffield, Meadowhall and Rotherham bound vehicular traffic at this location it would alleviate congestion on the wider network and improve air quality."

Proposed work to the Taylors Lane roundabout (a £1.7m project), which also provides the entrance to another retail park at Great Eastern Way, includes the widening of entry and exit points and extension of two 150m lane sections at the southern arm. This is designed to provide additional capacity at the roundabout, further relieve existing congestion on the A633 and improve traffic flow and bus journey times on the corridor and wider road network.

SYPTE Director of Customer Services, Tim Taylor, said: “Our proposals for Parkgate aim to bring benefits to everyone living in, working at and visiting the area. By easing congestion and improving traffic flow these changes will offer greener journey options for a cleaner environment.

“The proposed new link road and highway improvements will improve bus reliability and journey times in the area, as well as access to the Tram Train network and a proposed new, larger capacity Park & Ride. New public realm proposals also aim to encourage more active travel, by making it easier to walk and cycle around Parkgate.

“This important consultation will shape how we progress to the next stage of our proposals for the area’s highway, walking and cycling infrastructure. We’re seeking views to develop our plans and we are encouraging everyone that lives, shops or works at Parkgate, or uses the local transport network, to have their say on the proposals.”

Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, Cllr Denise Lelliot said: “These plans for investment in better cycling, walking and public transport options offer huge benefits for people’s health and wellbeing and the environment, as well as for the local economy. I urge everyone who uses this area to examine these proposals and ensure Rotherham gets the very best from this scheme.”

Online Q&A sessions are planned and feedback can be submitted until April 16.

Rotherham Council documents have the schemes expected completiion dates of March 2023.

Images: SYPTE

7 comments:

Anonymous,  March 18, 2021 at 10:09 AM  

£3.4m sounds like a lot for a 300 space car park. Tell em I'll do it for £3.3m!

Anonymous,  March 18, 2021 at 10:33 AM  

See ARUP 'SYPTE' proposal plan 'Parkgate Link Road' at . This shows TWO carparks proposed, with one at a new tram terminus at Aldwarke Lane (extending tram line). Good idea but still ignores linking in with proposed new station on 'main line' and benefits of an ‘integrated’ transport system.

Ziggy,  March 18, 2021 at 3:17 PM  

Its about time that this link road project happens as its been kicked about for years. In lieu of wanting to take more buses off the hill and onto Barbers Avenue is this the new "rat run" to take journeys from Rotherham to Eastern parts of Rawmarsh from the main route of Parkgate and Rawmarsh Hill and vice versa? Barbers Avenue will get a lot busier! As for the placement of the Park and Ride - its typical local mentality of not being user friendly and near the tram stop.

Sam March 22, 2021 at 9:48 AM  

Link road looks great, but the park and ride car park is already too far away from the tram stop. Needs moving closer.

Anonymous,  March 23, 2021 at 5:43 AM  

Why have a park and ride? Meadow Hall is only 5 minutes away and has ample free parking , or is the tram going to be free?
Shouldn't we be trying to reduce travel and use the space to expand the range of services and stores in the retail park.

Anonymous,  March 23, 2021 at 10:39 AM  

Meadowhall has ample free parking for shoppers, not for the park and ride. It's often very difficult to get a parking space in the railway station car park. As for expanding the range of stores at Parkgate, it already has several empty shops as it is, and as we've seen recently, retail is in decline. Building more shops at Parkgate would just be stupid.

Anonymous,  March 24, 2021 at 4:57 PM  

Excellent to see this moving ahead. The new road and roundabout improvements will provide relief to the existing entrance. The new park and ride car park will be a welcome addition and much larger than the existing provision. You can walk to the tram stop from anywhere in Parkgate Shopping in around 10 mins, so there should be no concerns around location.

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