Wednesday, May 28, 2014

News: Bus lane planned for Parkgate


£1.4m worth of transport schemes are being proposed as part of a long term project to improve overall journey time reliability and reduce delays between Rotherham town centre and Parkgate.

Concerns have been raised with Rotherham Council about the impact that traffic delays are having on the bus journey time reliability of services operating on the A633 corridor between Rotherham town centre and Parkgate.

Details of the first schemes to tackle the congestion are set to be approved by the council's cabinet member for regeneration and development next week. They include proposals to introduce a bus and cycle only lane on the south bound carriageway of the A633 Rotherham Road between Taylor's Lane and Stadium Way. This section of road is outside the site of the proposed £7.5m Tradeworld development and links the retail areas at Great Eastern Way and Parkgate Shopping.

A 51,000 sq ft retail development on the site of a former car showroom at Great Eastern Way was granted planning permission earlier this year. Work is expected to start on site in Autumn 2014 with completion in Spring 2015.

A council report said that the bus and cycle lane, with pre signals for buses to rejoin traffic, would significantly improve bus journey time reliability, when south bound traffic queues from Stadium Way, the entrance to Parkgate Shopping.

Other proposals include a traffic management scheme on the busy Broad Street in Parkgate and alterations to St Ann's roundabout to enable buses to turn left from Centenary Way on to St Ann's Road heading to Parkgate without over-running the nearside kerb or taking this turn much wider than required.

The council estimates that the Rotherham Road bus lane would cost in the region of £700,000. The Broad Street traffic management scheme is estimated to cost in the region of £600,000. Funding is set to come from the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive using the Local Sustainable Transport Fund 2014/15. The kerbline alterations to St Ann's roundabout are estimated to cost in the region of £125,000.

Other improvements in the area include a £60m extension to the Supertram network that will see innovative tram-trains running between Sheffield and Parkgate via Rotherham town centre from 2016.

It is also hoped that further funding can be secured via the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to increase road capacity, open land at Parkgate Shopping and support a Parkgate Tram-train/Park and Ride.

Rotherham Council website

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Anonymous,  July 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM  

great new supertram will help with the car problems and bus lane will be welcome

Anonymous,  July 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM  

Tram train is a waste of time and money, unless it's on the mainline next to Morrisons.

Rotherham is worth more than a second rate freight line serving its occupants.

Having said that, wait for Rotherham council to do anything innovative and wait forever.

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