District roads to benefit from £24m over next four years
Over £9m of capital investment is being proposed for Rotherham’s transport network throughout the next 12 months, with a further almost £6m earmarked to improve the borough’s roads.
It comes as the council plans to invest £24m in local transport over the next four years as part of the “£24m to ’24” Roads Programme.
The council’s Transport and Highways Capital Programme for 2020/21 will deliver a number of improvements including:
- A total of £8.5m to improve the condition of the borough’s roads, funding more than 190 roads to be resurfaced
- 30 footpath repair schemes
- £1.1m of local transport system improvements including five pedestrian and puffin crossings
- £658,000 for Local Road Safety Schemes to address known accident hotspots
- Over £210,000 on improving traffic flow and £100,000 for cycling projects
- £50,000 for Electric Vehicle Charging Points
- Up to £3m for active travel and cycle schemes, dependent on funding from Sheffield City Region
Funding has also been earmarked for essential bridge maintenance work, improvements to lighting, highway asset replacements such as name plates, safety barriers and bollards and a full depth reconstruction of the A6178 Sheffield Road in Templeborough.
Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for jobs and local economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: “Whether people are walking, cycling or driving, everyone depends on this critical infrastructure to some extent, and this year we are seeing a substantial investment being made to bring improvements.”
Cabinet member for waste, roads & community safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, added: “Our previous investment in Rotherham’s roads has already reduced the number of potholes by a third, but we know there is still plenty more to do.
“That is why we committed an additional £24m of funding over the four years to 2024 earlier this year, to further reduce the number of potholes by half.
“That investment is improving the roads in every corner of the borough as the report sets out.”
The council has also received confirmation of £2.7m Local Growth Funding for Coach Road in Greasbrough, which will include junction improvements for completion by spring 2021 and £2.5m Get Britain Building Funding for The Whins Junction, also in Greasbrough, for delivery in 2021-22.
A separate report covering a programme of £150,000 worth of local Neighbourhood road safety schemes is expected later this year.