Friday, November 14, 2008

News: South Yorkshire Rail Strategy refresh goes out for consultation


South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) has recently undertaken a review and a refresh of the existing South Yorkshire Rail Strategy, which aims to take a deliverable yet challenging approach to the future development of the region’s rail network. The draft strategy will now be available for consultation and comment. Growth in rail patronage has been increasing, and as a result the focus of the strategy has shifted from a position of maintaining the network, into one where growth must be accommodated. David Young, Head of Transport Integration at SYPTE said: "The revised strategy looks ahead to the next phase of the development of the South Yorkshire rail network and sets out the key investment priorities that we believe would make a real difference. We want to hear what the people of the region and local organisations think about it." Recent transport strategies and projects in South Yorkshire include the Bus Rapid Transit system between Sheffield and Rotherham, a £2.5m redevelopment of Rotherham station and improving the frequency of rail services between Sheffield and Rotherham. An innovative tram-train system is also proposed.


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