Tuesday, June 30, 2020

News: Millions for Rotherham transport schemes at Parkgate, AMP and Templeborough


£46m is set to be spent on transport projects to reduce journey times, cut congestion, improve punctuality and reliability, and bring about a wide range of benefits associated with active travel in Rotherham.

Congested locations such as Parkgate and key economic growth areas such as the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) are in line for millions.

Last year, the Sheffield City Region (SCR) put forward a substantial bid to the Government's Transforming Cities Fund to back its new transport strategy. The Budget in March showed that the SCR will receive £166m. Now meeting papers show how much cash has been earmarked for the approved projects.

The Rotherham projects:

A6178 Sheffield Road On-road, fully segregated cycle lane; around 2.2km as segregated from Blackburn Meadows Way to Ickles then around 1km segregated from Ickles to the Rotherham town centre £5.57m

A631 Rotherham to Maltby Bus Corridor Around 1.2km bus lane along A631 Rotherham Road, Maltby towards M18 J1 with bus priority pre-signals £2.25m

Waverley / Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) to the town centre A fully segregated cycle route along the A631 Bawtry Road between Brinsworth and Tinsley / Meadowhall (includes Wood Lane) £1.5m


Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District to Sheffield Three schemes: Development of core active travel route connecting city centre to AMP corridor, including spur to Olympic Legacy Park (£10.25m); Development of core active travel route linking Meadowhall with Rotherham Council's proposals on Sheffield Road (£2.8m); Bus priority measures through Attercliffe, Darnall and around Meadowhall (£3.7m) £16.75m

Magna Tram Train Stop A new stop on the Tram-Train line at Magna with associated [150 space] park and ride facility £5.4m

Manvers Way Provision of safe, direct attractive walking and cycling route, including crossings between Manvers Way and Wath town centre £0.4m

Parkgate Three schemes: a new access into the Parkgate Shopping Centre from Aldwarke Lane (£5.13m); widening the southern entry and exit to the five arm Taylors Lane roundabout to improve capacity (£3.0925m); A 300 space Park and Ride facility for the Tram Train stop at Parkgate (£3.33m) £11.55m

Doncaster Road, Dalton Extending the two traffic lanes exiting the roundabout on the A630 Doncaster Road towards Dalton by around 250m £1.2m

Rotherham town centre Two projects: Contribution to the replacement of the existing footbridge between the Forge Island development and Corporation Street (£1m); Cycle infrastructure improvements along Fredrick Street to provide a bi-directional cross town-centre link (£0.4m) £1.4m

In addition to these projects funded via the Transforming Cities Fund, a £42m project is planned to widen the Parkway in Rotherham and millions of pounds worth of transport improvements are being devised to support the large housing development proposed for Bassingthorpe Farm. Work is also ongoing to find further was to address connectivity issues around the AMP and Waverley development.

Images: Google Maps / SYPTE


Anonymous,  June 30, 2020 at 11:50 AM  

Still no mainline railway station?

Anonymous,  June 30, 2020 at 2:22 PM  

We need more buses here in Brinsworth to get to Sheffield quicker! Not more cycle routes around the science advance park! Brinsworth needs a quick bus route to Sheffield and back!

Anonymous,  June 30, 2020 at 3:53 PM  

Why can't tram train come up to swinton and turn around at Mexborough

Anonymous,  June 30, 2020 at 4:09 PM  


Anonymous,  June 30, 2020 at 5:32 PM  

More delays and pockets lined,bus priority lanes with traffic lights what a joke, like the one near the Mushroom Garage if the bus lane lights are red the buses use the normal traffic lane so they don't have to stop.

Anonymous,  June 30, 2020 at 5:43 PM  

Nearly £50m being invested and loads of negative comments. Welcome to Rotherham!

Anonymous,  June 30, 2020 at 8:39 PM  

Is your comment positive or negative?
Welcome to Rotherham? The bulk of the money is being spent on parkway at J33 which is mainly for those that don't live or work in Rotherham, and improvementd might no longer be needed if more people are working from home becomes the new norm.

Anonymous,  June 30, 2020 at 9:04 PM  

Park and ride spaces for the tram stop at Parkgate are good, but does anyone else think the stop is in the wrong place. It should have been further up towards Matalan, where the park and ride spaces would likely be. Improving the road access to Parkgate is well overdue, as it should relieve the traffic for others in the area.

Anonymous,  June 30, 2020 at 9:19 PM  

I can understand you saying about the negative comments but I was positive in my home town of Rotherham until the Rotherham scandal broke out!

Rotherham Rogue July 1, 2020 at 6:53 AM  

Why hasnt the tram train been extended to Manvers alleviating the traffic congestion on Rawmarsh Hill - what must the air pollution be like for the residents in this area - another missed opportunity to bring equality to health

Anonymous,  July 1, 2020 at 8:10 AM  

Could there be a pack and ride scheme at the Rotherham end of the parkway so you don’t have to travel down it into Sheffield.

What about a station or tram at Waverley/AMP.

Also need better connections from villages and towns to the south Swallownest, Aston,Dinnington, Anston etc.

Anonymous,  July 1, 2020 at 9:27 AM  

Waste of money,bound to cost more How much of the money will actually be spent on these projects and how much will vanish without trace as usual?

Unknown July 1, 2020 at 10:18 AM  

Hope the roads are also fixed in some of the areas in Rotherham - Masrough and Eastwood to begin with..

Anonymous,  July 1, 2020 at 11:15 AM  

Rotherham needs support for the town centre. Better access and support for business. Very poor planning

Unknown July 1, 2020 at 11:25 AM  

Will we get traffic lights on the roundabout at Parkgate? Otherwise it will still be a total waste of money and congestion will still be as bad as ever!

Anonymous,  July 1, 2020 at 3:08 PM  

Diversions to avoid those areas, more like 😁

Anonymous,  July 1, 2020 at 5:12 PM  

Encourage employers to enable staff to work from home. I've done so since March and not hindered me in the slightest. Less commuters, less congestion, less pollution.

Unknown July 1, 2020 at 9:45 PM  

Brilliant but wasn't this spending on infrastructure a Labour election promise Corbyn was ridiculed for having a magic money tree. Foresight I would call it

Anonymous,  July 1, 2020 at 10:23 PM  

Meadow bank road should be the link from the motorway not the a629 air pollution on a629 is above government guide lines .lorries should have priority on meadow bank road and stop wasting money on stupid cycle lanes.

paul July 2, 2020 at 2:52 AM  

Will the tram be going into Rotherham town centre.....?

Anonymous,  July 2, 2020 at 6:40 AM  

Cycle lanes are rarely used and on west bawtry road the lane has been totally lost due to foliage which the council do not consider essential. Wrote to council re pavements and walkways been overgrown and been told it is the owner of the house nearby who are responsible. Told if that's the case they will ignore my comments

Anonymous,  July 2, 2020 at 9:26 AM  

It already goes to Rotherham Central Station.

Anonymous,  July 2, 2020 at 9:37 AM  

There are the freight lines behind carshop/mecure hotel with space for car park next to Parkway.

Anonymous,  July 2, 2020 at 6:24 PM  

Stupid cycle lanes?? What planet you on, obviously not the one that's on brink of catastrophe from global warming and associated climate change. Obviously no interest in future for your kids/grandkids. Because if things carry on, they haven't one, the world's doomed, views like yours don't help!

Anonymous,  July 3, 2020 at 12:40 PM  

The tram train is a trial that ends soon. In no way can it be seen as a success as the stretch from Meadowhall to Parkgate is the lowest used bit of the whole tram network. Value for money is not on the agenda here obviously.
There are reliability issues due to having to share track with proper trains and lets be honest, outside the rush hour who wants to go to Sheffield?

Anonymous,  July 3, 2020 at 12:44 PM  

Yes, the world is in meltdown. true. Lets get the facts right then we can challenge it. Since lockdown and the cessation of air travel, air pollution has improved markedly. We have still had Buses and Trucks running much as before but the levels have gone right down. Hmmmm. Watch what happens as the aircraft industry gets back in business.
THEY are the biggest polluters yet get the least attention. Wonder who they make donations to?

Anonymous,  July 3, 2020 at 12:47 PM  

It was a trial and by most honest measures it has failed in a big way. Very lightly used and very unreliable. Based on that and our good old PTE it will be extended. Failure is there favourite outcome so it would appear.

Anonymous,  August 1, 2020 at 12:10 AM  

Tram train. Great idea, very poorly thought out as far as access is concerned. Park and ride should have been a priority from the start, not an after thought. Reliability issues mainly down to network rail not rescheduling trains which means it's impossible to provide an evenly spaced 20 minute frequency.

Anonymous,  August 30, 2020 at 4:25 PM  

Widening the road at mushroom roundabout heading towards Dalton is the best idea there is already a two lane road that mergers into one that no-one uses as it's hard to filter into the left lane. They should removed the crossing at the roundabout and just have the one further up the road. And not rip out established trees and wildlife homes on the streach of road as the site quality and noise is already bad enough.

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