South Yorkshire awarded £570m for sustainable transport scheme
The Department for Transport has awarded the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) £570m to invest in sustainable transport schemes across the county, including several Sheffield initiatives.
What will this money be spent on?
- In Sheffield, the Supertram will see refurbishment of its vehicles, new shelters, CCTV, passenger information points and improved pedestrian crossings.
- Several priority bus routes will be established, including better active travel links to the north of the city, via the Northern General Hospital.
- Zero-emission buses will be introduced including community transport and charging points at interchanges on street and at depots.
- Improvement in the city centre to cycle links across the city and public space enhancement.
The latest funding complements the work already in progress in Sheffield through the Connecting Sheffield schemes, which aim to transform the city’s transport infrastructure to encourage walking, cycling and travel by public transport.
Cllr Julie Grocutt, Co-Chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee, said: “We are committed to safer and more sustainable travel and it is fantastic that Sheffield, as well as the wider region, has secured the funding it needs to see out its ambitions. We will work alongside the people of Sheffield through consultation to deliver these important changes.
“This year alone, through the Connecting Sheffield initiative, we have introduced the Sheaf Valley Cycle route and reintroduced the city centre shuttle bus, Sheffield Connect. We will continue to make progress towards a more sustainable and safer transport network both through the City Region Settlement and the Council’s already ambitious plans.
“As England’s fourth-largest city it is crucial we can offer a travel network that residents deserve, and it is more important than ever that the service on offer is sustainable in line with our goal of achieving net zero carbon by 2030.”