South Yorkshire bids for transport funding


South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), with the four South Yorkshire Districts of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, have submitted a bid to Government for £24.6m of funding for sustainable transport schemes that support economic growth and help people get to work.


The application seeks funding from the Government's 'Local Sustainable Transport Fund' (LSTF).


The bid has three aims:

· to facilitate and encourage sustainable commuting
· to enable employers to reach a wider pool of potential employees
· to help businesses through reducing congestion and encouraging more reliable journey times.

Specifically, these plans aim to invest in four main corridors in Barnsley, Don Valley, Doncaster and Dearne Valley. These four corridors were selected based on a combination of genuine local need and a high potential for carbon-friendly economic growth. These objectives follow the strategy set out in the Local Transport Plan, which sees economic growth across South Yorkshire as its primary goal.


The bid seeks funding for a range of measures including bus priority; 'Jobconnector' bus services; cycle routes; upgrade of tram stop; rail-based P&R; promotion of electric vehicle use; infrastructure to unlock urban regeneration; training; marketing and travel planning.


This bid builds on a successful previous application last June that saw £5m awarded to South Yorkshire on similar measures.


SYPTE Director of Strategy, Ben Still, said: “We have identified four key corridors in South Yorkshire which would greatly benefit from this level of investment, and between them include around 10,200 businesses and 226,000 jobs. We are confident that this funding would enable a step change in our ability to help people access jobs and help employers reach the right people.”


He added: 'At the same time, Government wants to see carbon emissions reduced and so our bid facilitates economic growth while helping people to travel in a sustainable way."


A Government decision is expected next summer.


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