Plans are progressing for a new bridge to improve public transport, walking and cycling access to Doncaster’s iPort, as part of the Sheffield City Region’s Transforming Cities funded schemes.
People are being invited to have their say on the iPort Bridge Scheme in a public consultation running until Monday 31 August 2020.
The Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) proposals include connecting the iPort logistics hub and employment site with West End Lane in New Rossington, via a new public transport and active travel bridge across the River Torne.
The bridge aims to make public transport, walking and cycling a better option for people working at and visiting the iPort.
More than £166 million was secured by Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, in March for South Yorkshire’s transport network. Mayor Jarvis said: “Four months on from securing the Transforming Cities funding, our first scheme is already being delivered. This new bridge will improve public transport and walking and cycling access to the iPort, with benefits for the environment and for people's health and quality of life - helping advance our ambition of building a stronger, greener, fairer South Yorkshire. It shows what we can do across the region with more funding and powers in our own hands.”
Business, Skills and Economic Development Portfolio Holder, Cllr Bill Mordue, said: "This area of Doncaster goes from strength to strength and we welcome such key infrastructure which brings about opportunities. The iPort is an integral part of our rapidly growing economy. Allied to that is our environmental commitment where we promote cleaner, greener modes of transport.
“Accessibility for public transport users and those partaking in active travel is about to take one major leap forward and we are really keen to garner the thoughts and interests of local residents on this scheme."
Plans for the iPort Bridge Scheme include restricting general traffic from using the new link and providing a segregated cycle and footway, to improve active travel connectivity between the two areas.
SYPTE Director of Transport Operations, Pat Beijer, said: “This transformative transport scheme aims to bring new benefits to everyone working at and visiting Doncaster’s iPort. The dedicated, sustainable transport link will improve journey times, congestion, punctuality and reliability. With public transport access, cycle lanes and walkways offering greener journey options for a cleaner environment, and benefits associated with active travel, such as improved health and wellbeing.
“We are encouraging everyone that uses the iPort or lives in New Rossington, to have their say on the proposals, so we can make sure these views help to shape the scheme. Anyone can join our online Q&A sessions to ask any questions they may have about the scheme and its benefits for the local area.”
People can take part in the consultation:
- online at travelsouthyorkshire.com/iPort
- by calling Traveline 01709 515151
- via a paper form from the Customer Service Desk at Doncaster Interchange
- by registering to attend an online Q&A session at travelsouthyorkshire.com/iPort
Online Q&A sessions will take place on Thursday 6 August 2020 at 6pm – 7:15pm and Wednesday 19 August 2020 at 3pm – 4:15pm. Registration will be available at travelsouthyorkshire.com/iPort
Feedback from the consultation will be considered as part of a full planning application to be submitted to Doncaster Council in Autumn 2020.
Work on the new public transport and active travel bridge in New Rossington is part of Sheffield City Region’s (SCR) wider £166 million Transforming Cities Fund.