Monday, June 14, 2010

News: Rotherham transport schemes stopped in their tracks


The Government has announced that it is suspending all major transport schemes not already under contract.

For Rotherham these include the Northern and Southern routes of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, the Waverley Link road and improvements on the A57 between the M1 and Todwick crossroads.

In March, local authorities agreed that the £76m BRT scheme, designed to improve connectivity between Rotherham and Sheffield, is a top priority and that a business case be submitted to the Department for Transport.

The £40m northern route would link Sheffield and Rotherham passing Meadowhall, the Lower Don Valley and Templeborough and would help to foster economic growth along the corridor by helping people access jobs and opportunities.

The scheme would provide an alternative all transport route which bypasses the congested M1 junction 34 South by providing a new section of highway beneath the Tinsley Viaduct.

The £36m southern route of the scheme would run from Sheffield city centre, along the Parkway to the proposed new development at Waverley and onto Rotherham Interchange.

Work was set to start in 2013 with the first services beginning on the southern route in 2014 and the northern route in 2015.


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