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As part of a national drive to improve local roads and public transport, Sheffield City Region will receive government funding to develop its local transport networks.
Almost £10m in Government funding is set to be pumped into three different transport schemes in Sheffield City Region. These improvements will take place in Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, all of which will receive a third of the total funding to improve road networks.
The money is part of a £345.3 million funding package announced by the Department for Transport last week (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.
“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.
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.