Wednesday, August 4, 2010

News: Consultation on transport in the Sheffield City Region


South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority and the four South Yorkshire district councils are asking the public to give its views on the new Transport Strategy which is being drawn up for the next 15 years.

As part of the Local Transport Plan (LTP) the document will look at the needs of the four South Yorkshire authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, as well as those areas beyond South Yorkshire from where significant numbers of people travel into the county to work – the Sheffield City Region. This includes areas such as Chesterfield, Worksop and the Peak District.

Polices supporting econmic growth and higher productivity cover improving connectivity; supporting development and regeneration; reducing lost productive time; and linking people to jobs.

Specific to Rotherham, a policy is included to better connections between Sheffield and Rotherham, to fully integrate the linked labour markets. This could be achieved by the cutting edge proposed tram-train scheme and rapid bus services.

Coun Mick Jameson, Chair of the South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, said: "This strategy is all about making sure that transport fully supports people to live their lives, connect people to jobs, and helps business to be successful. And to do this while reducing the problems that transport causes – accidents, climate change, air quality, and congestion."

Ben Still, Director of Strategy at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, said: "The strategy sets out what transport should contribute to the economic, social and environmental well being of the city region, the challenges and problems we face, and our policies to overcome those challenges.

"We think that following the policies set out in this strategy will help our city region grow and prosper, benefit the environment, and support a better quality of life for the people of South Yorkshire and the city region."

Transport Strategy website


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