A new transport interchange point has been built at Malin Bridge to improve connections between the Supertram system and bus services serving the Stannington area.
From Monday 13 October, a new and improved bus stop, closer to the Malin Bridge tram terminus, will offer an extended bus shelter and layby with a new bus lane through a former traffic island to provide SL2 Supertram Link services with a route back out of the city.
Financed by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) together with Sheffield City Council’s contractor Amey, the scheme aims to remove waiting buses from the busy Loxley New Road, ease the flow of traffic, improve access and connections to SL2 services, and provide shelter for those waiting for public transport services.
Further work to extend the bus shelter from four to six bays and connect the shelter electricity supply will take place in November 2014. The new transport interchange point will however open earlier, on Monday, to allow the facility and new shelter to be available to the public as soon as possible.
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee Vice Chair, Cllr Leigh Bramall, said: “Working together with the community, the improved Malin Bridge transport interchange point aims to provide better access and more convenient public transport connections for residents, as well as benefitting the local area through reduced traffic congestion and improved journey times.”
Stagecoach Yorkshire Managing Director, Paul Lynch, said: "I welcome this improvement wholeheartedly as it will improve matters not just for customers interchanging between bus and tram and for waiting bus passengers, but also for road users and residents. We took a commercial risk when we invested in the new and innovative SL2 service and I'm delighted that our partners at SYPTE and Sheffield City Council are able to deliver this investment to go with that. It’s what partnership is all about."
The Malin Bridge terminus scheme, traffic plans and design were consulted upon and approved by Sheffield City Council in December 2013.
Sheffield City Region’s £24.6m Local Sustainable Transport Fund is delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and the four South Yorkshire Local Authorities of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
For more information visit sypte.co.uk/malinbridge