Friday, October 22, 2021

Government urged to back major transport investment bid for South Yorkshire

Mayor Dan Jarvis and South Yorkshire leaders have called on Ministers to back their plans for a transformative programme of transport investment in the region.

The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority have submitted the bids to Government to be considered in the Comprehensive Spending Review later this month.

Worth more than half a billion pounds, the investment will bring significant improvements to South Yorkshire’s transport system, enabling people to make public transport and walking and cycling their first choice for travel.

South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis said: “South Yorkshire deserves and needs a world-class transport network. I want a stronger, greener, fairer South Yorkshire, and that means making great jobs accessible to everyone, cutting emissions and creating safe spaces for people to walk and cycle.

“We’re investing millions of our own money to make improvements for passengers now, cutting bus and tram fares, and making improvements to stations and interchanges, upgrading bus shelters and installing new electronic screens.

“However, we need the Government to match our ambitions for the region and back our plans to transform our infrastructure and get our region moving.”

Government backing for the plans will:

  • Improve the buses network – giving buses priority on roads, provide better vehicles, stations and stops.
  • Deliver better active travel routes, so people can leave their cars at home for short journeys, by building more than 600 miles of new cycle lanes across the region.
  • Invest in tram, securing the first phase of investment in the renewal of Supertram.
  • Build and improve stations and platforms at the region’s rail stations.
  • Ease congestion, build new junctions and repair potholes on South Yorkshire’s roads.

Mayor Dan Jarvis added: “World class bus and tram services and walking and cycle routes are at the heart of our plan. Backed in full, this will help people across our region get where they need to be, with frequent, affordable local services and better connections to towns and cities across South Yorkshire.

“This will drive our recovery from the pandemic and open up new development opportunities so South Yorkshire’s economy can thrive, attract more investment and improve productivity.”

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