Monday, October 8, 2012

News: £1.9m road boost for Rotherham


A £1.9m transport scheme has been announced by the government to improve the junction of the M1 close to the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham.

As the UK's premier advanced manufacturing technology park, the 100 acre site at Waverley is home to companies such as Rolls-Royce, The University of Sheffield, Boeing and Dormer Tools.

Harworth Estates, the property arm of landowners, UK Coal, recently submitted plans for earthworks that will allow the next developments to take place on an adjacent area of around 21.5 hectares (53 acres).

The AMP is part of the £100m Waverley regeneration project on the site of the former Orgreave colliery. Led by UK Coal, it is the biggest brownfield site development in South Yorkshire and covers 741 acres, an area bigger than Sheffield city centre.

Over a development phase of 20 years, the site will see the establishment of a new community of around 4,000 homes, shops, restaurants, schools, leisure facilities, health and community centres and parks. A launch ceremony has been held for the first houses on the site.

There are around 64 hectares (160 acres) of further commercial space available on the AMP and the commercial land adjacent to the Waverley site. The AMP is a key part of the Sheffield City Region's enterprise zone which aims to create a Modern Manufacturing and Technology Growth Area.

The transport scheme announced today is part of a £217m national programme to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving on England's motorways and major A roads.

It aims to reduce congestion by widening the exit slip roads to three lanes and creating three lanes on the overbridge as well as localised widening to some connecting roads and roundabouts.

Work is due to start in 2014 and complete in 2015.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "These £217m road improvements prove the Government's determination to accelerate growth and cut congestion.

"Keeping traffic moving is vital to securing prosperity. By removing bottlenecks and improving access to local enterprise zones, key international trading ports and communities, these road schemes will help get people to and from work and power the economy. They also have the potential to help deliver more than 300,000 new jobs and 150,000 new homes."

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