Transport Minister Norman Baker MP formally opened a new 130-space Park & Ride facility next to Dore and Totley Rail station in Sheffield on Wednesday 19 June 2013.
The Minister unveiled a plaque on the old station building commemorating the opening.
The new facility features a covered cycle shelter for 20 cycles next to the platform entrance and there is specific parking for blue badge holders. A new entrance to the car park has been built and a dedicated pedestrian and cycle entrance has been created close to the platform entrance. A lay-by is also provided close to the station platform to allow for dropping-off and picking up of passengers, station deliveries and rail replacement services. To improve personal safety and security at the station lighting and CCTV has been provided throughout the site
A pedestrian crossing proposed on Abbeydale Road South, improving bus passenger and pedestrian access to the railway station, is planned to be installed by developers Amey as part of their Streets Ahead Sheffield maintenance works this summer.
The Park & Ride has been built with funding secured from the Network Rail’s Station Commercial Project Facility and the South Yorkshire Local Transport Plan.
Dore has experienced problems for some time with vehicles parking on streets around the railway station causing obstructions to moving traffic. It is hoped the new facility will resolve these problems and open up travel options for those travelling from Dore, Totley, and Millhouses.
Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "The coalition government is serious about investing in rail-related infrastructure so that we can drive economic growth forward and help cut carbon. The work that has gone on in Dore is a perfect example of this.
"The new Park & Ride scheme will benefit Sheffield as a whole by helping reduce congestion on the roads and encouraging businesses and visitors to the city."
"I am pleased to see the new bike shelter too, which I hope will encourage more people to travel on two wheels. "Cllr Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development at Sheffield City Council said: “This is great news for commuters from the south-west of the city and the Peak District. The new facilities we have funded should make rail a more convenient way for people to get into Sheffield and help to ease congestion on one of the city’s busiest commuter routes.”
David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “This new facility will be a tremendous asset to the area around Dore, where people have been calling for some time for more parking spaces.
“The location is ideal for a park and ride, being right next to the station. It will not only be of great benefit to the locality of Dore, Totley and Millhouses but also to commuters from the Sheffield City Region in neighbouring Derbyshire. It is another example of what SYPTE does for the region, which is to identify the transport priorities which are needed and to secure the funding to deliver great new facilities such as this.”