Transport chiefs have approved funding for new walking, cycling and transport links across Sheffield and South Yorkshire.
A meeting of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) board approved the £44 million of new funding yesterday.
Oliver Coppard, Mayor of South Yorkshire, tweeted: “We want our communities to thrive. There’s loads more to do, but alongside partners in our local authorities we’re developing and funding projects that will make a real difference to our future.”
An overall fund of £44m was agreed for new and improved walking and cycling routes. £16m of the fund is to be allocated to new walking, cycling and public transport links between the city centre and Kelham island with the first Dutch-style roundabout of South Yorkshire. An additional £8.6m will be allocated to build 5km of new cycle lanes and improved walking routes. This includes safer crossings to improve ease and safety.
A new fleet of electric buses was included in the fund to improve bus journey times and reduce congestion between Maltby and Rotherham. With five buses in Sheffield, two each in Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster and more to come according to Mr. Coppard.
They also aim to help fund Barnsley’s new landmark Market Gate Bridge, Doncaster’s Waterfront regeneration, Rotherham’s Market & Library complex and Sheffield’s transformative West Bar development.
Mr Coppard said: “I promised to renew our region and build a healthier, more sustainable, more prosperous South Yorkshire.”
Twitter user @DeborahTaylor3 commented under the thread: “More money for walking/cycling routes than for regeneration? How about taking back control of the buses? Having an adequate bus service for all areas of Sheffield, using a wheel like it used to be. Public transportation should be the foundation for change.”
Many other residents in Ecclesall and around Sheffield are angry over the lack of attention towards the bus cuts that have caused inconveniences across the area.
She tweeted: “Our route is disgraceful, elderly have no regular bus service. My mum is 81 and has to book appointments round the service. Infrastructure must come first.”
Mr. Coppard responded: “I’ve accelerated the legal process that will allow us to decide if we can take the buses back into public control.”
Twitter user @AlexiDimond replied to the thread: “We need reliable, affordable buses to tackle inequality, air pollution and the climate crisis. We need to tackle illegal parking to make our roads safer for people to walk and cycle.”
To read more about how Oliver Coppard is dealing with anger over bus cuts, visit the page: Sheffield residents angry over cuts to bus services – ShefLive