Meadowhall park and ride extension boost

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Hundreds more car parking spaces are set to be provided for passengers at Meadowhall Interchange.

Under new plans, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive wants to put up a multi-deck building offering an extra 213 spaces - taking the total number of spaces at Meadowhall’s park and ride to 542.

The new building would be constructed on the site of the station’s existing lower level car park, which currently provides 194 spaces.

In documents submitted to Sheffield Council, engineering firm Arup, acting on behalf of SYPTE, said the extension would help to meet demand at the popular site, which links with tram, bus and rail services, offering free parking for public transport users.

“The Meadowhall park and ride currently provides services every 10 minutes to and from Sheffield centre, thereby constituting a good-quality public transport route,” said Arup.

“By increasing the total number of spaces available, this will open up the potential for the park and ride scheme to be utilised by a higher number of users.”

Walking and cycling would also be encouraged by improving the signs pointing to the Transpennine Trail, which passes through the station car park.

The environmental impact would be limited, said Arup.

“It is anticipated that overall, the environmental effects of the proposed development will be either of minor significance, in the case of increased traffic, or positive, in the case of promoting use of public transport and other sustainable travel modes.”

Air quality would also be improved, particularly in the Lower Don Valley, by cutting the number of car journeys into the city centre.

New signs would help motorists decide whether to enter the car park by displaying the number of free spaces, and directing them to their location.

An outline planning application is expected to be submitted shortly.