Mayor champions transport priorities for the region

//Mayor champions transport priorities for the region

Published 14th September 2018 at 9:04am

Transport is one of the key priorities for Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, who took up his place on the Transport for North Board meeting (13 September) held in Sheffield.

Board members received an update on the TransPennine route upgrade and the Strategic Transport Plan consultation.  Upgrading rail links between Manchester and Sheffield is one of the transport priorities for the Mayor.

Sheffield City Region are still waiting for the Government to release the funding they agreed to in February for the Hope Valley route upgrade. The funding is needed to commence detailed design work to create more capacity on the Hope Valley Line.

The Mayor also met with Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for the Department of Transport, to discuss the Hope Valley line and the Transforming Cities fund to reiterate their importance for the future growth of the region.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “I have made it very clear that we need to push forward and ask the Government to release the funding that has already been agreed to upgrade the Hope Valley Line.

“The funding is relatively modest in comparison to the TransPennine route upgrade funding. However, this scheme will create capacity for a third fast train per hour between Manchester and Sheffield and beyond to Doncaster, which will help our economy grow even further.

“It is vital that we have immediate access to the funding that was agreed to allow the scheme to progress.”

Mayor Jarvis is also still waiting for a response from Government to his ambitious bid for Transforming Cities Funding, which will be spent on active travel, public transport improvements, mobility solutions and relieving congestion on key routes.

Also at the heart of the bid is the proposal to develop a new Global Innovation Corridor that stretches across the region, linking people to key sites including Sheffield centre, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham and Barnsley’s Digital Campus.

The Mayor continued: “We have an antiquated transport system that is chronically short of investment and that doesn’t move the residents or businesses around the region as it should.

“Journey times and experiences between the urban centres of Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield are simply not acceptable and Doncaster Sheffield Airport isn’t yet connected to regional or national train services. Through the Transforming Cities Fund we have an opportunity to resolve some of these issues and we now need the Government to provide us with the funding so we can get on with the job.”