Thursday, November 14, 2013

News: £16m government funding confirmed for BRT scheme


The Department for Transport has confirmed a maximum of £15.9m for the Sheffield and Rotherham Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme and the full (final) approval means that work on the scheme can begin.

The Northern route of the BRT scheme aims to improve the links between Rotherham and Sheffield passing Meadowhall, the Lower Don Valley and Templeborough.

The £28.2m scheme aims to help to foster economic growth along the corridor by helping people access jobs and opportunities. Its budget has been reduced from £34.3m.

The joint project by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Borough Council, also includes contributions from the Growing Places Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, local developers such as British Land, and the SYPTE.

Bidders state that it will help to unlock 4,000 jobs in the Lower Don Valley linked to schemes such as the River Don District, the Outokumpu site and areas of Templeborough. It includes areas benefiting from the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone.

The development is expected to generate an estimated £200m for the local economy each year, increase public transport patronage by 7,500 passengers per day, and reduce carbon emissions by 6,320 tonnes over 60 years.

A key part of the project is the Tinsley Link road that connects Meadowhall Way, Sheffield and Sheffield Road, Rotherham under the Tinsley Viaduct at Junction 34 of the M1.

The route will use dedicated, high quality low emission vehicles operating at a ten minute frequency which will be granted priority on the roads. Other work includes highway modifications and revised junction layouts and intelligent traffic signal controls.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer, said: "This is great news for bus users between Sheffield and Rotherham who will benefit from quicker, more reliable services.

"The coalition government is committed to investing in public transport to offer real transport choices for the people of Yorkshire. Buses are a major link for many people, and help drive economic growth.

"This £16m of investment will help unlock the next planned phases of development in the Lower Don Valley, and create up to 4,400 new jobs."

A proposal for the Southern Route of the BRT scheme linking Sheffield city centre, Waverley and Rotherham could secure backing as part of the City Deal to devolve £113m of major transport funding from Government.

Work can now start on the construction of the northern route with the project scheduled to complete in September 2015.

SYPTE website

Images: SYPTE


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