Friday, March 2, 2012

News: Government go ahead for A57 improvements after public inquiry


Work can begin on the £14.7m transport scheme to upgrade the A57 from junction 31 of the M1 to Todwick crossroads in Rotherham following the conclusion of a public inquiry.

Justine Greening MP, the Rotherham-born Secretary of State for Transport has written to Rotherham Council stating that the road scheme and the compulsory purchase of the required land can now go ahead.

Planning permission for the initial scheme was secured in 2009 for a dual carriageway between the M1 and a new roundabout replacing the existing crossroads at Todwick.

Revisions were needed to reflect 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.

Planning permission was approved last year for a revised scheme with a signalised crossing to replace the plan for a subway under the road. As a result, the road will also have a 50mph speed limit instead of the original 70mph limit.

Despite concerns heard at the public enquiry over the purchase of land and the omission of a right turn onto Goosecarr Lane, the planning inspector agreed with the council that the scheme would improve road safety and bring huge economic and regeneration benefits to the area.

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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