Station bridge ‘summit’ offer

A ‘ROUND table’ meeting could be held to attempt to find a solution to the long-running controversy over plans for ticket barriers at Sheffield rail station.

Transport Minister Norman Baker made the offer to organise the event - which is to be attended by Transport Secretary Justine Greening, all Sheffield MPs, council representatives and residents - during a parliamentary debate called by Sheffield Central Labour MP Paul Blomfield.

Mr Blomfield it was ‘the most significant outcome’ from the debate.

He said: “Maintaining pedestrian access through the bridge has united businesses and community organisations, schools, pensioners, neighbourhood and transport groups as well as all political parties in the city.

“Major institutions that are key to the city’s economic and social fabric support, including the Chamber of Commerce, Hallam University, Sheffield College and Sheffield International Venues have also signed up to support the campaign.

“These institutions know that breaking up the city’s transport infrastructure is bad for business and makes Sheffield a less attractive place in which to work, study, live and invest.”

Mr Baker said the Department for Transport estimates for the amount of fare lost from rail passengers at Sheffield vary from £2.3 million to £13.8m.

The Government has said it is committed to finding a solution.