Tuesday, September 5, 2023

News: Positive signals for Rotherham Mainline Station plan


A potential new £100m+ station on the mainline in Rotherham has been given a timetable for its arrival - Spring 2028.

The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and Rotherham Council have been developing a scheme to return mainline train services to the borough for the first time since the 1980s. A site at Parkgate is the frontrunner for a regeneration project described by experts as "a relatively straightforward scheme for delivery within three to four years."

£1m has been secured to develop the Outline Business Case and £10m in funding has been secured for land assembly, with Rotherham Council's cabinet being asked for approval to start negotiations to buy four properties.

Rothbiz revealed last year that the total project cost was £107.6m. £99.5m for the station and £7.1m for the tram-train stop when it went before the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA).

Cabinet will also be asked for permission to investigate the potential use of powers for a Compulsory Purchase or Transport and Works Act orders to acquire the necessary land, although negotiation remains the preferred option.

If successful, the proposals would see new direct services into York and Birmingham, with faster services to Leeds, Sheffield, and Doncaster than currently offered.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “Taken together with a new tram train stop, a new mainline station would radically improve the town’s connectivity, significantly improving local, regional and national rail connections for residents and businesses, offering greater access to employment, whilst helping to grow local businesses.”

Funding to acquire the properties has been secured by Rotherham Council through the Government’s Towns Fund. Funding for the outline business case is from the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS), with the council hopeful of more government cash to come.

Preparation of the masterplan is underway and focuses on the station, the location of facilities and key connections to the tram train and beyond. It also sets out a longer-term vision for the surrounding area in order to capitalise on the benefits that significantly improved connectivity to the national rail network could bring to the town.

The masterplan has also identified a preferred location for the station building and a layout for supporting facilities including car parking, a pick up/drop off area and space to accommodate rail replacement bus services.

Network Rail and Transport for the North have been working on the project and Weston Williamson + Partners secured a £349,000 contract from the council to carry out the masterplan study. The masterplan is set to be finalised in November.

A report to cabinet states: "Rotherham suffers from comparatively poor rail connectivity - the town is currently served only by a branch line at Rotherham Central station. Existing rail services at Rotherham Central comprise three stopping trains per hour, with a limited range of direct destinations and lack of fast and frequent connections to key centres of employment. In contrast, the Sheffield to Leeds rail corridor currently operates five passenger services per hour between these two cities, mostly bypassing the town.

"This new station will significantly improve local, regional, and national rail connectivity for local people and businesses, offering access to employment and business growth opportunities, and contributing significantly to the economic regeneration of the town.

"It is anticipated that the new mainline heavy rail station could offer mainline connections to Sheffield, Doncaster, Leeds, York and Birmingham. Taken together with local connectivity offered by a new Tram Train Station adjacent, this project will radically improve the town’s connectivity, delivering social, economic and environmental benefits."

With the development of the project and acquisitions set to take some time, construction is not due to start until 2026, with an opening for the new station pencilled in for Spring 2028.

Images: Weston Williamson + Partners


Anonymous,  September 5, 2023 at 1:10 PM  

Surely mainline would offer direct London services,as well as others?

Jez September 5, 2023 at 2:20 PM  

Hopefully but one of the posters on here will be delighted anyway, as it will allow us poor Rotherham folk to get to Sheffield much more quickly.

Tom,  September 5, 2023 at 4:42 PM  

Depends on the outcome of the government study into how to get high speed services to Leeds I guess. Some options would be able to serve a new mainline station.


Anonymous,  September 6, 2023 at 9:27 AM  

Well Sheffield is the the biggest base of employment is South Yorkshire, so I guess that's why people feel the connectivity is so important.

Starcaptain,  September 6, 2023 at 12:43 PM  

Wath needs one of its stations back also

Anonymous,  September 6, 2023 at 1:16 PM  

Where is the location at Parkgate?

Anonymous,  September 6, 2023 at 5:00 PM  

That spare land beyond retail world that is beyond developed (including new access road off the Wash). There used to be a station there, hence the pub being called The Station.

Rothguy September 6, 2023 at 7:05 PM  

More connections for rotherham will be great and hope it happens, however how the country is with rail at moment who knows.

Anonymous,  September 7, 2023 at 9:27 AM  

Around the back of the range

Anonymous,  September 7, 2023 at 4:14 PM  

Would the station not be the one at Masbrough ?

Anonymous,  September 7, 2023 at 9:11 PM  

Parkgate is TOO CONGESTED and TOO FAR from the town centre! A station in the wrong place is worse than no station at all. Masbrough or no station, please!

Anonymous,  September 8, 2023 at 9:52 AM  

Parkgate has the tram-train, masbrough doesn't.

Anonymous,  September 8, 2023 at 3:42 PM  

With state of area around old masborough station ,I'd give that area a wide birth!

Anonymous,  September 8, 2023 at 3:44 PM  

Closest point to Rotherham town centre on mainline would be greasborough road where gas works was,but no tramtrain there.

Anonymous,  September 9, 2023 at 10:35 AM  

Its one thing having a station on the mainline quite another to assume that operators will want to stop there. How many of these fast trains stop at meadowhall and swinton who are also on the mainline route ?

Anonymous,  September 9, 2023 at 3:01 PM  

I would have quite liked to see it by the old gasworks

Jez September 10, 2023 at 3:53 PM  

Unless you are referring to a large lady garden, I think you mean berth.

Anonymous,  September 11, 2023 at 10:43 AM  

To even up the pedantic posts, Jez, your comment on strikers at KP said “…it’s workers…” when you meant ‘its workers’ (your post reads ‘… it is workers…’ as it’s is the contraction of it is); the possessive forms of pronouns do not have apostrophes..! 😉

Anonymous,  September 11, 2023 at 2:07 PM  

Sorry officer ..of da Gwamma police 😁

Anonymous,  September 11, 2023 at 2:09 PM  

They're already planning to stop ,I actually work in the railway industry and have seen early plans.

Jez September 11, 2023 at 11:35 PM  

Good point, astutely made.

Anonymous,  November 14, 2023 at 3:43 AM  

Yep we need to be getting northern out of Rotherham, they’ve destroyed our travel to Sheffield with their terrible trains

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