Transport leaders in 10-point plan

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Transport business leaders have established a ten-point plan of priorities which will support economic growth in the region.

The Sheffield City Region Transport Forum, which is made up of members from the Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley & Rotherham and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chambers of Commerce, has created an emerging consensus on transport policies.

Their list has been identified as the main objectives for the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to achieve.

This covers gaining parity of transport investment in the region with the rest of thecountry, improving air connectivity to support international trade opportunities, ensuring logistics becomes a value added sector, lobbying against workplace parking levies and exploring sustainable transport and green fuels as an economic driver.

A key focus includes securing investment in the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme connecting Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield and themotorway network.

Improving rail networks is also strongly featured in the priority list, including securing High Speed Rail for the Sheffield City Region and investment in both the Midland and East Coast Mainlines through electrification of the lines.

In addition, the forum is keen to develop better rail links and connectivity both east and west to ensure businesses can gain better access to those areas.