£400,000 for park and ride

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GOVERNMENT funds have finally been secured for a park and ride at Dore and Totley railway station.

A total of £400,000 will go towards a 139-space car park on the site of a former garden centre off Abbeydale Road South.

A new entrance to the car park and railway station is also planned, along with a pedestrian crossing.

Both South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and the council hope the park and ride will ease congestion on surrounding streets after years of complaints from residents, and to encourage more drivers from the south-west of Sheffield to leave their cars and to take the train.

The funding has allowed SYPTE to start the detailed design of the car park with a view to starting construction next year.

David Brown, SYPTE Director General, said: “This proposed facility will be a tremendous asset to the area around Dore, where people have been calling for some time for more parking spaces.

“We will now be working to ensure that this scheme is delivered as soon as possible to provide much needed parking at the station for rail commuters.”

There will be a covered cycle shelter and specific parking for blue badge holders.