LONG-RUNNING plans for a new road and fast bus link between Sheffield and Rotherham are set to move closer next week.
Already the Government has approved a £34m scheme that includes a road under the Tinsley viaduct to bypass the congested junction 34 south on the M1.
Councillors have granted planning permission – and are expected next Wednesday to agree to acquire the land that is needed by negotiation but using compulsory purchase powers if required.
The project is designed to create a fast, efficient and sustainable public transport link between potential employment locations.
Backed by Sheffield and Rotherham councils and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, it is estimated that £200m of investment could be generated.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “This is another significant step in making Bus Rapid Transit North a reality, stimulating economic regeneration in the Lower Don Valley, improving transport and helping to address air quality.
“Bus Rapid Transit North is a key part of our aspirations for the Lower Don Valley and the Enterprise Zone. It will provide the much needed infrastructure to stimulate this economic growth.”
Construction is due to start in 2014 with the fast bus service beginning in autumn 2015.