Almost £10m in Government funding is set to be pumped into three different transport schemes in Sheffield City Region.
In Doncaster, £3.32m of funding has been secured for widening of the A18 Thorne Road railway bridge. In Rotherham, £3.24m will go towards improvements at the College Road roundabout, while in Sheffield, £3.36m will be spent on improving the A61 Chesterfield Road at the junction with Broadfield Road.
The money is part of a £345.3 million funding package announced by the Department for Transport yesterday (Thursday 19 October), to improve local roads and public transport across the country.
Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “Here in Sheffield City Region we are already achieving transformational change and building a thriving, super-connected and successful economy. Transport links are absolutely key to this.
“It is vital that transport infrastructure continues to unlock economic growth in the city region and across the UK, and that local, regional and national funds continue to support us in achieving improvements in our road capacity.
“We at Sheffield City Region have a strong track record for getting things done, and I am delighted that, working in close collaboration with our local authority partners, we have secured this funding.”
In SheffieId, £3.36m of funding has been secured towards a scheme on the A61 at Heeley, which will cost a total of £4.8m. Chesterfield Road is already being widened alongside Heeley Retail Park in order to improve bus and car journeys, and this next piece of work will look at the Broadfield Road and Queens Road areas, to review options for improvements to key junctions and blend this with much-needed maintenance work.
In Doncaster, £3.32m will go towards a £4.75m scheme to widen the A18 road under the railway bridge, to eliminate a “pinch point.” It is hoped that the works will also improve capacity and accessibility leading towards the town centre and onto Wheatley Hall Road, while also unlocking “significant” economic growth and accelerating the delivery of new housing schemes.
And in Rotherham, DfT funding of £3.24m will contribute to a £4.63m scheme to improve capacity on the College Road roundabout, to enable future economic growth in the area.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, said: “This improvement scheme builds on the work we have already done to improve traffic movement through Rotherham town centre towards the M1, as well as allowing greater access to the town centre.
“Two years ago we completed a road improvement scheme for the A630 in Rotherham town centre, now known as New York Junction, and this has made an improvement to traffic flow in and out of Rotherham.
“The College Road junction scheme will add to this improvement, and we hope this will act as a further catalyst for the economic growth Rotherham needs.”
Across the UK, funding will be spent on 76 projects to bring key benefits to local road users – such as improving access to public transport sites, opening up more roads for cyclists, addressing key local traffic ‘pinch points’ and supporting the development of new housing – as well as building two new major roads in Middlewich, Cheshire, and Worcester in the Midlands.