Following the government’s Autumn Statement on 23 November, today Transport Secretary Chris Grayling set out further details of transport investments in Sheffield City Region.
Sheffield Mass Transit Scheme was one of the first projects to be announced by Philip Hammond in the Autumn Statement. This sees over £700,000 funding to Sheffield City Region to build a business case for future investment in the Supertram network.
Another major project in the region also received funding to develop a business case. Sheffield City Region Innovation Corridor which will improve the route between Sheffield and Rotherham – including reducing congestion around junctions 33 and 34 of the M1 – in order to ‘maximise the potential for growth’ of the Advanced Manufacturing District. This project will receive a total of £1.4million. This is part of plans to create an Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) – a world-class international centre of excellence for innovation led advanced manufacturing along the spine of the M1.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The schemes announced today are focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure our roads are fit for the future – removing the barriers to help make an economy that works for everyone.”
The announcement also included analysis to examine the case for action for the Trans-Pennine Tunnel Strategic Study. As more detailed analysis is needed to assess the full impact of any improvements before a firm and final conclusion can be reached on this project which would create road tunnel between Manchester and Sheffield and halve journey times between the 2 cities.
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “This investment by the Government for two important transport studies in Sheffield City Region is excellent news. The Sheffield Mass Transit Scheme and the Sheffield City Region Innovation Corridor are not only both important projects for our region and the country, but they demonstrate the recognition by Government that our region needs infrastructure investment to unlock its terrific economic potential. This announcements comes just days after BT’s has said it will pilot its super-fast broadband roll-out in the Sheffield City Region. As a LEP, we are highly focused on connectivity, both physical and virtual. Connectivity is key to developing a strong business culture and this funding will enable us to continue building a better connected economy which works for businesses and residents.”