Transport plan to grow jobs and prosperity
A far-reaching vision for transport in the Sheffield City Region (SCR) has been published today, aiming to grow high-value jobs and prosperity by radically improving transport and connectivity.
The SCR’s ‘Transport Prospectus’ outlines the region’s intention to seize the greatest possible benefits from national programmes such as HS2 and investment by Transport for the North (TfN). And it has been sent direct to Government to make sure Ministers, following the recent General Election, are well aware of the SCR’s priorities.
It comes at a critical point in time as TfN publishes the evidence on which its own Strategic Transport Plan will be based: the SCR Prospectus is a response to the TfN’s Plan, and clearly sets out the region’s expectations from major national and Pan-Northern transport schemes.
The SCR is an economic partnership between local authorities and regional business leaders, and is the Local Transport Authority for South Yorkshire.
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the SCR’s Local Enterprise Partnership said: “We need an effective, integrated and sustainable transport network that offers excellent connectivity. Moving people around the city region from major transport hubs quickly, and as efficiently as possible, is critical to our future economic success. Which is why proposals for a fully integrated mass transit system for the region are included in the prospectus.”
He pledged to deliver a network that will improve the region’s connections to other parts of the UK and globally, opening up new markets for business and wider job opportunities for workers. He said: “In this way we will drive increased productivity, up-skill our workforce, and create higher wage jobs. As a driving force at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse economic agenda, we have seized the opportunity to transform our economic fortune.
“Our ambition is to become . . . a catalyst for change across the region attracting global innovation and partnerships with world leaders in technology.”
The Prospectus distinguishes three geographical priorities – national, Pan-Northern, and the Sheffield City Region. National schemes are motorways or national rail developed by bodies such as Highways England and Network Rail; Pan-Northern those to be developed by TfN; and regional or local schemes which will be developed by local promoters in co-operation with the SCR.
Major progress on transport improvements which are underway or completed has already been made across the region with infrastructure funded by the SCR. It includes:
- The second stage of the key Doncaster Sheffield Airport link road
- Large-scale work at Junction 36 of the M1 unlocking wide areas of the Dearne Valley corridor for commercial development and housing
- A new link road from the M1 into the Markham Vale business and commercial park
- The ‘Bus Rapid Transit (North)’ scheme, a link between Sheffield and Rotherham to relieve congestion
These, and a range of other improvements across the region, are set to create thousands of jobs.
To download the prospectus please click here SCR Transport Prospectus17