Monday, July 6, 2009

News: BRT consultation underway


Throughout the next few weeks South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, are calling for the public to give their views about the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme – the proposed high-frequency, limited stop service between Sheffield and Rotherham.

The northern route would link Sheffield and Rotherham passing Meadowhall and the Lower Don Valley and would help to foster economic growth along the corridor by helping people access jobs and opportunities.

Consultation has already been held on the southern route of the scheme, which would run from Sheffield city centre, along the Parkway to proposed new development at Waverley and onto Rotherham Interchange.

On the BRT website, users will be able to view a DigiBrief – a short film blending aerial footage with visualisations and animated maps, setting out the proposals in an easy to understand way.

Coun Gerald Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation for Rotherham Borough Council, and a member of South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, urged the public to take part in the consultation.

He said: "I am sure that anyone with an interest in public transport, particularly those who travel between Rotherham and Sheffield, will want to have their say on this issue.

"The Bus Rapid Transit will be much faster than the current services because of the limited stops between the two destinations. This is all explained on the website and the Integrated Transport Authority wants to hear the public's views so they can develop more detailed proposals."

David Brown, SYPTE Director General, said: "The growth and success of Sheffield and Rotherham rely upon high quality transport links which provide access to jobs and services.

"The introduction of BRT North will provide a reliable, clean and fast means of transport between the two centres, serving key existing and future employment sites."

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