TRANSPORT chiefs have secured Government funding to help build a new Park and Ride facility at Dore and Totley station in Sheffield.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) has secured £400,000 from the Station Commercial Project Facility towards a 139-space car park on the site of the former Garden Centre. A new entrance to the car park and railway station also is proposed to be built and a pedestrian crossing facility provided on Abbeydale Road.
The funding award has allowed SYPTE to start the detail design of the car park with a view to commencing construction next year.
Under the plans a covered cycle shelter for cycles will be installed and there will be specific parking for blue badge holders. The bus stop nearest the station is proposed to be moved a short distance so as to allow for the pedestrian crossing to be safely installed.
Dore has suffered parking problems for some time with vehicles causing obstructions by being parked on street. It is hoped the new facility will resolve these problems and open up travel options for those travelling from Dore, Totley, and Millhouses.
Planning permission for the facility was granted by Sheffield City Council in September this year.
David Brown, SYPTE Director General, said: “This proposed facility will be a tremendous asset to the area around Dore, where people have been calling for some time for more parking spaces.
“We will now be working to ensure that this scheme is delivered as soon as possible to provide much needed parking at the station for rail commuters.
Dore and Totley Park and Ride is one of a number of projects around the country which were successful in their bids to the fund.
Speaking about the station improvement fund, Rail Minister Norman Baker added: “Putting passengers first by making journeys more convenient and positive is vital if we are to encourage more people to travel by rail in the future.
“These projects will ensure that travelling on a train is a positive experience both during a journey and at the start and end of a trip so I am delighted to be able to announce this additional funding.”