Sustainable transport schemes on the move with £570m investment
The Department for Transport has awarded South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) £570m to invest in sustainable transport schemes across the county, including several Sheffield initiatives.
The funding (City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement) will support schemes for the next five years and delivery will be managed by SYMCA.
In Sheffield, Supertram will be improved and several priority bus routes will be established, including better active travel links to the north of the city, via the Northern General Hospital.
Wider schemes across the region will also have an impact on Sheffield’s transport facilities, including improvements to the bus network and the introduction of zero emission buses.
The latest funding complements the work already in progress in Sheffield through the Connecting Sheffield schemes, which aim to transform the city’s transport infrastructure to encourage walking, cycling and travel by public transport.
Councillor Julie Grocutt, co-chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee, said: “We are committed to safer and more sustainable travel and it is fantastic that Sheffield, as well as the wider region, has secured the funding it needs to see out its ambitions.
“We will work alongside the people of Sheffield through consultation to deliver these important changes.
“As England’s fourth-largest city it is crucial we can offer a travel network that residents deserve, and it is more important than ever that the service on offer is sustainable in line with our goal of achieving net zero carbon by 2030.”