£24m road plan gets green light

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LONG-RUNNING proposals for a road between Meadowhall and Tinsley, passing under the M1 viaduct, took a major step forward this week.

The £24m scheme is designed to ease pressure on the M1 junction and to help open up land for redevelopment, with the council estimating that £200m worth of business could be attracted.

Already the Government’s Department of Transport, which would provide the money, has indicated initial support in principle, and Sheffield is preparing to make a final submission in September.

Councillors approved the details on Tuesday.

The idea of the link road dates from the late 1990s, and involves building a road between Meadowhall Way, near the shopping centre coach park, and Sheffield Road, Tinsley, opposite St Lawrence Road. It would pass over the River Don, across Supertram tracks, under the M1 viaduct, over a railway line and over the river again.

Crossing largely derelict industrial land, although the proposal does run near the Blackburn Meadows nature reserve, the road would be part of a proposed route for a rapid bus service between Sheffield and Rotherham as well as for other traffic, much of which currently uses M1 junction 34 south.

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