Monday, May 16, 2011

News: A57 planning application submitted


The planning application for the £14.7m transport scheme to upgrade the A57 from junction 31 of the M1 to Todwick crossroads has been submitted.

In addition to improving safety and addressing capacity issues, the scheme is expected to bring huge economic and regeneration benefits to the area.

Planning permission for the initial scheme was secured in 2009 for a dual carriageway between and a new roundabout replacing the existing crossroads.

The new scheme is slightly different from the one previously supported by the DfT. This reflects the drop in funding from the Government; the disbanding of Yorkshire Forward, which was also contributing to the scheme, and the cuts to local government.

Under the revised scheme the road will have a signalised crossing to replace the plan for a subway under the road and, as a result, the road will also have a 50mph speed limit instead of the original 70mph limit.

The scheme imrpoves an important section of road between the M1 and A1 and supports the continued regeneration of the former coalfields at Dinnington which is now a thriving business location.

The Department for Transport has granted £11.8m for improvements and the council have themselves committed £2.9m for the long-awaited scheme.


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