£220m transport bid agreed for South Yorkshire

A bid of £220m funding has been awarded to South Yorkshire to support major transport schemes across the region which hope to connect major employers, towns and cities.

The bid focuses on three large areas which could most benefit from significant improvements:

  • Public Transport – a series of infrastructure improvements aimed at improving the performance of the public transport network, principally journey time, punctuality and reliability.
  • Active Travel – drawing on the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) and the recent appointment of an Active Travel Commissioner to start developing a network of active travel routes especially within Barnsley and Rotherham.
  • Rail – enhancing accessibility to/from and at rail stations within the SCR and interventions that support connectivity to HS2/Northern Powerhouse Rail.

The aim is to reduce journey times, cut congestion, improve punctuality and reliability, and bring about a wide range of benefits associated with active travel, such as improved health and wellbeing.

The three areas the bid focuses on are the River Don Corridor between Sheffield city centre and the north of Doncaster; the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) on the border of Sheffield and Rotherham, and the Dearne Valley Corridor, spanning Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster and including key employment sites such as the Barnsley Digital Campus and M1 Junction 36.

Dan Jarvis, mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: "It is critical that we improve the transport system in our region, to create better access to major employment sites, reduce congestion, better integrate different modes of transport and make our transport network fit for the 21st century.”

"That's why it's so important that we get this Transforming Cities Fund bid right, and why we've been working closely with partners across South Yorkshire to ensure that our bid has real potential to drive transformational change for our communities.”

"Improving our transport links is crucial for growing our economy as we develop a Global Innovation Corridor, linking residents and businesses to our internationally-significant assets in areas such as advanced manufacturing, health and wellbeing, and engineering."

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