The aim is to reduce congestion and journey times between the Catcliffe Interchange, the Advanced Manufacturing Park and Junction 33 of the M1.

The scheme will benefit and support housing and employment growth around the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District and Waverley new community.

Under the plans, a new third lane will be added in both directions between the Catcliffe junction and the M1, as well as changes to the A630/M1 roundabout junction.

A reduced 50mph speed limit would also be implemented to improve air quality.

The works would take place within the existing highway boundary to reduce the need for land acquisition and significant structural alterations.

A business case is to be submitted to the Department of Transport in autumn 2019 and if successful approximately £40m will be awarded to carry out the works from the Government’s Local Growth Fund. Building work would start in early 2020, which would be expected to be completed by late 2021.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “Connectivity is the key to unlocking growth, with the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District and Waverley currently undergoing significant development. This scheme will bring both economic and health benefits to our borough whilst ensuring the transport infrastructure supports current and future development.”

The public engagement event will take place between 3pm and 7pm at Brinsworth Parish Centre, Field View, Brinsworth, S60 5DG on Wednesday 21 August. Plans of the scheme will be available to view and there will be opportunities to discuss the project with the Rotherham Council project team.