An announcement has been made this week confirming that Sheffield City Region has secured a multi-million pound investment package to improve active travel and public transport routes across the city region.
A bid to the Department for Transport for the Transforming Cities Fund was made at the end of last year with an ask of £220 million for the region to help ‘level up’ the city’s transport network. This week the Government’s Budget announced that South Yorkshire will receive £166 million.
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability said: “It’s disappointing that we haven’t received the full amount, but we will remain ambitious.
“Big changes are needed to make sure our travel options are improved, and although the amount will not give us as much flexibility we can still start to move in the right direction towards a city that offers realistic sustainable travel options. We need to do this to boost the city’s economy and help the environment.”
The funding will be focused on the areas identified that can benefit the most from active travel improvements, such as walking and cycling, and public transport, to access jobs and improve productivity.
Once ready, proposals will be taken out into communities and shared with residents and businesses in the areas. Information will also be made public for anyone else who wants to get involved.
Bob Johnson continued: “We want to work with people to make sure they understand the reasons behind the changes and why they are so important. But we also want to make sure people are given the opportunity to help shape the plans for the future of the cities travel.”
“We know the funding won’t complete all the work in our vision for transport but it’s a great start. We will continue to lobby for the far greater investment we need to complete the work in its entirety, to provide the city with a transport network essential for the future. This means doing our part to address the climate issues, and making sure that travel is accessible to all.
“After talking to residents through the Big City Conversation, Clean Air consultation and the Transport Survey we know that people are on board and want to make a change, but to do this, they need us to take action.”
Announcement of the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) money followed the unveiling of Sheffield most ambitious development plan – a £1.5 billion remodelling of the area around Midland Station to make the most of the HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
The full transport vision for city can be found in the Transport Strategy.