LEP confirms £3m funding for Bus Rapid Transport

Published 12th April 2012 at 1:58pm

The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board has approved funding from its Growing Places Fund for a Sheffield and Rotherham Bus Rapid Transit scheme.

The joint bid by SYPTE, Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Borough Council, has secured £3 million towards the Bus Rapid Transit North scheme.

James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “The BRT will be key to improving transport to and from new businesses setting up at Enterprise Zone sites around junction 34 of the M1.

“Growing Places Funding is giving important development projects across the Sheffield City Region the boost they need to deliver real economic and social benefits to residents and businesses.

“Growing Places is helping the LEP to concentrate its efforts where it matters locally, which means better value for money and real improvements for our communities and our economy.”

David Young, SYPTE Director of Customer Experience, said: “We are delighted to receive news of this Growing Places funding from the LEP, which represents an important step forward in our ongoing commitment to providing a sustainable transport network across South Yorkshire.

“These improvements will be invaluable in terms of enabling economic growth, strengthening local communities, providing better access to jobs and services, and reducing congestion.”

The scheme will provide passengers with high quality bus stops and waiting areas along the route and options for purchasing tickets before boarding the bus. Electronic displays will give passengers up-to-date service information and scheduled timetable information.

Buses will stop at a limited number of places along the corridor and be given priority on the road network, making the journey between Rotherham and Sheffield quicker and more convenient.

The funding will be used to cover future private sector contributions. The BRT North Project includes public transport and significant highway works, which has a total cost of £34.3 million. Full approval for the scheme is expected to come next summer with services starting in 2015.

For further information on the proposed BRT routes visit www.sy-busrapidtransit.co.uk

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