Sheffield City Region Transforming Cities Fund Bid – Tranche Two
The draft Tranche Two bid was submitted in June 2019.
In parallel with waiting for the result of funding for Tranche One, a Tranche Two bid which included ambitious proposals for the future of the Sheffield City Region’s transport network was developed for, then agreed by, the Mayoral Combined Authority for submission to the Government. The bid, for up to £220m in funding, focuses on three large areas which could most benefit from significant improvements across active travel, public transport and rail station improvement schemes. The three areas the bid focuses on are the River Don “corridor” between Sheffield city centre and the Unity site north of Doncaster; the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) on the border of Sheffield and Rotherham, and the Dearne Valley Corridor, spanning Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster and including key employment sites such as the Barnsley Digital Campus and M1 Junction 36.
Central to the TCF bid is a focus on Active Travel. Mayor Jarvis has made Active Travel central to his Mayoralty, appointing Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey as the city region’s first Active Travel Commissioner and exploring ways in which prioritising Active Travel can improve people’s health, cut carbon emissions and reduce congestion.
Schemes included as part of the River Don programme include a potential new connection into the iPort site from Rossington; bus priority measures at key junctions in Doncaster; walking and cycling schemes to connect communities in Adwick and Bentley to their local rail stations and connecting Maltby to Rotherham town centre with bus lanes and junction improvements. In the Dearne Valley, plans include bus lanes and junction improvements on the A61; a Bus Rapid Transit scheme between Barnsley and Doncaster; bus priority measures on the A630; improved access between Mexborough town centre and the rail station; active travel improvements between Barnsley and Rotherham town centres and the Dearne Valley; and creating a new access into Parkgate, as well as a new 300-space park and ride site. In the AMID programme, projects will include providing a new station on the tram-train network at Magna – this will enable a new 250-space park and ride site; improving active travel facilities to AMID from Sheffield and Rotherham as well as trialling low-emission buses.
Over four years, a minimum of £180m and a maximum of £220m is being sought from the TCF. If the SCR gains the maximum funding, £48m would go towards the River Don corridor, £73m to the Dearne Valley and £99m to AMID.
A draft business case has recently been submitted to the Department for Transport, who will now work with SCR and our partners to develop a final strategic outline business case for submission in November 2019.