Thursday 2 Sep 2021
Last week to have your say on Tram Train stop and Park & Ride plans
People are being reminded to have their say on proposals for a new Tram Train stop and Park & Ride in Templeborough, Rotherham, before a public consultation on the scheme closes on Friday 3 September 2021.
The proposed £6.65m project aims to improve transport links between Sheffield and Rotherham by linking Magna Science & Adventure Centre to the Tram Train network, to improve Tram Train and tram connectivity, access to employment, walking and cycling opportunities, air quality and congestion.
Tram Trains provide a direct service from Sheffield city centre to Rotherham Central and Parkgate, travelling on street tramlines and the national rail network. The proposed new stop is the first addition to the network since it opened in 2018.
Part of Sheffield City Region’s £166 million Transforming Cities Fund programme, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Network Rail proposals link to Rotherham Council’s proposals for an active travel corridor between Rotherham town centre and Tinsley, and Sheffield City Council’s proposals for walking and cycling links continuing to Meadowhall.
SYPTE Business Development Director, Pat Beijer, said: “We’re reminding passengers to help shape this ambitious project - the first to grow the Tram Train network since it opened in 2018 – by having their say in our public consultation. The important proposals aim to improve connectivity between local neighbourhoods and centres, and aim to encourage more people to choose public transport over private cars, helping to ease traffic congestion and improve air quality in the area, particularly at Junction 34 of the M1.”
Proposals for the new stop aim to improve accessibility and provide growth opportunities in the Templeborough and Sheffield Road area.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, Cllr Dominic Beck, said: “We want everyone in Rotherham to have sustainable, convenient and affordable travel options – and public transport is central to that. This scheme stands to benefit us all by reducing traffic congestion and harmful emissions, so I encourage everyone who lives in, works in or travels through this area to examine the proposals, and help make the most of this investment.”
Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East route, Matt Rice, added: “The proposed Tram Train stop would improve connectivity for local businesses, visitors to Magna Science & Adventure Centre and people living in the Rotherham area, with better access to a fast, clean method of transport. We’re pleased to be working closely with SYPTE and join them in reminding local residents and Tram Train users to share their views through the consultation.”
People can take part in the consultation until Friday 3 September:
- online at travelsouthyorkshire.com/Magna
- by calling Traveline 01709 515151
- via a paper form from the Customer Service Desk at Meadowhall, Rotherham and Sheffield Interchange
Feedback from the consultation will help shape and inform the design and operational requirements for the scheme.
Notes to Editors
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South Yorkshire’s award-winning Tram Train service became operational in 2018 and provides improved public transport connections between the two key centres of Rotherham and Sheffield. Tram Train runs on tramlines between Sheffield Cathedral and Meadowhall South/Tinsley and on the rail network in Rotherham and Parkgate.
The popular service, operated by South Yorkshire Supertram Limited (SYSL), has high levels of passenger customer satisfaction and over 1.6 million passenger journeys since its launch. Three Tram Train services per hour (reduced to two services per hour during the Coronavirus pandemic) operate in each direction.
Ambitions have been set to extend Tram Train to other parts of South Yorkshire giving access to thousands along existing railway lines, including into Barnsley Dearne Valley, Waverly, Doncaster and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
Transforming Cities Fund
More than £166 million was secured by Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund for South Yorkshire’s transport network.
Magna Science & Adventure Centre
Magna Science & Adventure Centre opened in 2001 and provides an educational experience for families and schools, focussing on science and technology. The Centre and is located in the Lower Don Valley on A6178 Sheffield Road, close to Junction 34 of the M1 corridor. Most trips to the centre are by car (or coach for school parties).
The Lower Don Valley and A6178 corridor experience high levels of congestion and are located within an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA). Interventions are required to allow people to make better sustainable travel choices, to reduce pollution and improve the health and wellbeing of people living and working in the area.
Existing Tram Train lines run to the rear of the Magna Science & Adventure Centre, providing a sustainable and efficient alternative travel option between Sheffield, Rotherham and Parkgate.
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