ROTHERHAM Interchange is set to reopen this Sunday (3 March), following a £12 million refurbishment scheme.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and the project team welcomed the Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read, and Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, together with Rotherham Bus Partnership and local businesses for a preview of the improvements on Thursday (28 February 2019).
SYPTE Executive Director, Stephen Edwards, said the investment aims to encourage bus use, by providing a welcoming and accessible environment that supports the connection of people to places in the Borough and beyond:
“The improved Rotherham Interchange will provide a better, brighter place for public transport users as well as those visiting, living and working in the town. Seventeen million people travelling through the Interchange each year, using 1,299 buses a day, will now benefit from new seating, lighting, information displays, electrics and flooring, CCTV and free public wi-fi.”
The Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read, said the newly-refurbished facility was a key part of the vision to regenerate Rotherham town centre:
“This facility is one of the major gateways into the town. It will enhance where we live, and benefit people arriving into the town centre via public transport. The refurbishment of the interchange follows the opening of the University Centre last summer. Both projects are major components of the town centre Masterplan, along with promoting sustainable travel, so it’s great to see the Masterplan progressing as planned.”
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “I’m delighted to be opening the £12m refurbished Rotherham Interchange. Public transport provides vital access to employment, education, public services and social activities, so it’s great to see these huge improvements that will make a real difference to people travelling around our region each and every day.
“A reliable, safe and efficient public transport system is also essential if we are to encourage people to make fewer journeys by car. That’s why, this week, I’ve launched a Bus Review to examine how our bus network is run and identify the improvements that can be made to ensure services are fit for purpose. The outcome of this review should mean more environmentally friendly buses, more routes and more passengers.”
The ten-month closure incorporated 150,000 hours of construction work, using 10,000 litres of paint, and installing 11,000 floor tiles, 10km of electric cables, 3,800m2 of cladding, 350 sheets of glass and twenty-one crates of solar panels to provide the building’s energy needs.
Platform C of the Interchange and the car park above will reopen in Spring 2019, with new surfacing, larger parking bays and better pedestrian routes. 3,800m2 of external cladding has been replaced and 10 electric vehicle charging points installed.
Paul Ellenor, Regional Director for Interserve said: ‘We are delighted to be handing over the first phase of the Rotherham Interchange refurbishment project. The new facilities will provide an improved passenger experience and make a real difference to local residents. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Rotherham Council as it continues to invest in the town as part of its regeneration programme.’
The temporary bus station at Forge Island will close and buses will run from Rotherham Interchange from Sunday 3 March. Changes to improve the frequency and punctuality of some services will also take place.
Allan Riggall, Commercial Director at First South Yorkshire, said: “We’re pleased to announce that bus services will return to serving Rotherham Interchange, now that the £12m refurbishment works have been completed. Alongside this, we have renumbered some services and made changes to some routes to reflect changes in travel behaviour in the town, with more direct journeys to both Meadowhall and Parkgate as an example. We’d therefore encourage customers to visit our website or to contact customer services with any queries about changes to their usual bus service.”
Passenger information is available at travelsouthyorkshire.com