Friday, July 14, 2023

News: Rotherham transport scheme underway


A £2.4m scheme to improve bus journey times between Maltby and Rotherham town centre is underway, with Rotherham Council awarding another contract to the Esh Group for the work.

New bus lanes along the A631 between Addison Road in Maltby and the Bramley Roundabout/M18 Junction 1 will improve bus times and reliability, as well as benefitting other road users.

Work started on the new bus lanes this week, and will take 14 months to complete. Traffic management on the A631 will be used throughout the works, and signage announcing roadworks will be displayed in advance.

The bus lane, which will be an addition to existing lanes for general traffic, will run between Addison Road in Maltby, and Denby Way at Hellaby, and there will be an extension of the existing bus lane at Wickersley School towards the water works.

Buses will spend less time queuing and pulling into traffic flows, making services more punctual, particularly the X1, X7 and X10 services linking Maltby to Rotherham and onwards to Sheffield City Centre via Magna and Meadowhall.

The scheme is being delivered by funding secured by Rotherham Council from the Department for Transport’s and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, Cllr Dominic Beck, said: “Bus services in our area have been going through a really difficult time since the pandemic and it's important that we do all we can to try to ensure they're sustainable for the future. One of the ways that the Council can help in this case is by helping to improve the reliability of services by making these improvements, funded by the government grant that we have secured. The route between the centre of Rotherham and Maltby is a key part of the bus network and I hope the passengers will soon be benefiting from this additional investment.”

The council has recently awarded a £6.9m contract to the Esh Group for the detailed design and civil works for the Maltby Bus Corridor and for Sheffield Road phase 2 and 3 Cycleways.

Rothbiz recently reported that multiple projects have been secured in the borough through the YORcivil2 framework, with Esh recently commencing work on a cycle lane project known as Wellgate and Broom Road. Other work includes early contractor involvement (ECI) work for a design and build contract on Rotherham’s Riverside Residential Quarter.

RMBC website
ESH Group website

Images: RMBC


Jez July 15, 2023 at 10:38 AM  

Of course, bus journey times would be reduced drastically by bringing back bus conductors and open backed buses so that passengers could jump on and off while the bus was moving.

Jez July 16, 2023 at 10:00 AM  

Or what about extending supertram through Whiston and Wickersley to cater for the new greenbelt housing? It would mean demolishing a lot of the bigger houses along Bawtry Road but you can't make omelettes.... as they say.

Anonymous,  July 17, 2023 at 4:58 PM  

It's a massive shame the tram got canned, it would've been a real boost to all the towns it would've stopped at. Too many pensioners with too much time on their hands I'm afraid!

Jez July 18, 2023 at 3:56 PM  

May be they deserve to have time on their hands after spending years looking after dependent scroats who then can't even treat senior citizens with respect.

Anonymous,  July 25, 2023 at 2:03 PM  

So,you have grandkids right?

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