Tuesday, February 8, 2011

News: Government confirms funding for A57 transport scheme


The Department for Transport has confirmed funding for nine transport schemes including improvements to the A57 between the M1 and Todwick in Rotherham.

In June last year, the Government suspended all major transport schemes not already under contract. In October they announced that it was seeking best and final offers from local authorities for ten schemes which it was prepared in principle to support.

A government contribution of £11.8m towards a total cost of £14.7m has now been confirmed for the Rotherham project.

Planning permission for the scheme was secured in 2009 for a dual carriageway between Junction 31 of the M1 and Todwick Crossroads with a new roundabout replacing the existing crossroads.

A "development group" of projects are also invited to bid for a share of a £630m pot and includes the Waverley Link Road and now the Northern route of the proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) system that aims to improve the links between Rotherham and Sheffield. Final decisions will be made by the end of 2011.

Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, said: "The Government is committed to delivering transport projects which improve journeys while also helping economic growth.

"Following the spending review we challenged local authorities to look again at the cost of proposed schemes to ensure we get maximum value for every pound we spend. The councils being awarded funding today have met that challenge by achieving a saving to the taxpayer of £45.5m on the original proposed costs.

"That means more money is now available for other schemes across the country and I would urge other councils to follow this lead as they bid for funding. This will allow us to fund as many schemes as possible, delivering improvements to roads and public transport across the country."

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