Tuesday, March 2, 2021

News: Planned Parkgate link road gaining traction

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Plans are moving ahead for millions of pounds of transport improvements in the busy Parkgate area of Rotherham, including a new link road to Parkgate Shopping.

Rothbiz reported last year that three Parkgate schemes were included in the Sheffield City Region's (SCR's) bid to the Government's Transforming Cities Fund to back its new transport strategy.

Recent SCR meeting papers go into further details of the schemes, for which £11.52m is required from Transforming Cities Fund towards project costs of £12.86m.

Parkgate Shopping Link Road is set to be a new 800 metre link road across a former steelworks and railway siding site from Aldwarke Lane into the rear of the Parkgate Shopping complex. The aim is to reduce congestion on the A633 by diverting traffic destined for the retail park from the east side away from the congested roundabouts.

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Secondly, widening is proposed to the southern entry and exit arms of the Taylors Lane roundabout on the A633 with provision of a strip to link to adjoining footways to allow for possible later conversion to cycleway. This roundabout also provides the entrance to another retail park at Great Eastern Way.

The third project is for a permanent 300 space Park and Ride site at the tram-train stop to replace a current temporary arrangement. The innovative tram-train service began operation in 2018, connecting Parkgate with Rotherham town centre, Meadowhall and Sheffield city centre.

Proponents of the schemes say that they will modestly reduce congestion on the A633 (one of SCR’s major roads) and increase the opportunity to travel by public transport.

Meeting papers add: "In terms of strategic objectives, modelling results suggest that the scheme will make a small contribution to improving bus journey time reliability during peak periods and to reducing journey times and delays along the A633 corridor. This will also make a small contribution to encouraging the continued economic growth in Rotherham and the Dearne Valley, including improved transport links between the two."

The SCR is now due to discuss the project at its upcoming Transport and the Environment Board before it can go ahead to the next stage and a full business case is drawn up. This is timetabled for October 2021.

Rotherham Council is set to go out to tender for the link road and Park and Ride works whilst combining works to the roundabout with other proposed authority works in the area. This could include cycle lanes if funding can be secured.

Legal discussions are ongoing with BMO, the owners of Parkgate Shopping.

Images: Google Maps / SCR

6 comments:

Anonymous,  March 2, 2021 at 3:51 PM  

- New road to Aldwarke Lane (for cars only), low bridges in both directions!
- New 'park and ride' even further away from tram stop!
- A new rail station on 'main line'(previously), away from EVERYTHING!
Will we ever get any 'joined up thinking'?
- New station - new BIG park and ride - new road - AND extend tram-train to connect it ALL?
In my dreams?

Anonymous,  March 2, 2021 at 7:16 PM  

Why would the link road be for cars only? Low bridge is near station hotel, so the (low volume of) high sided vehicles could use link road back to/from mushroom roundabout.

Anonymous,  March 3, 2021 at 1:48 AM  

Well as the road is basically for access to Parkgate retai, then it will be for cars, as people tend to travel there in cars.

Ziggy,  March 3, 2021 at 8:21 AM  

Yawn. The aceess should have been sorted ten years ago when it first became a major problem. Each of these plans were mooted a few years ago and yet again keep getting kicked down the road rather than having decisive leadership. Remember the proposed bridge over the rail tracks from The Range - another pie in the sky idea that got kicked down the road. Lane widening between Retail World and Great Eastern Way? That never happened. Money is wasted on plans and assessments without anything to show.

Unknown March 4, 2021 at 7:49 AM  

This slip road into Retail P/Gate really needs to go ahead the congestion down there at the weekend is terrible.

Anonymous,  March 7, 2021 at 1:23 PM  

Yes once labour gets voted out of council. expecially in rotherham where they've been in charge for decades, and only thing they've done in lined there own pockets with our tax money.

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