SHEFFIELD’S infrastructure projects will have to compete against rival bids including work to complete the Robin Hood Airport link road in their bid for a share of up to £700 million.
The dedicated Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund involves money handed out by the Government on a scheme-by-sceheme basis.
Under the scheme, the entire amount is handed over and decisions are made locally about where it is spent.
Sheffield’s bids are under six packages – city centre, Sheffield – Rotherham Lower Don Valley, Upper Don Valley, local energy generation, flood mitigation and Supertram extension.
Rival schemes by Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Chesterfield, north Derbyshire and north Nottinghamshire councils will also be discussed at Thursday’s meeting of South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority.
Sheffield’s ideas are described as a ‘wish list’ by Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member responsible for its proposals.
Schemes in Barnsley are for business developments in Cudworth and Grimethorpe, transport improvements in the Dearne, a link road to junction 37 of the M1, revamp of Barnsley Market Place and a rapid bus route between Barnsley and Doncaster.
Bolsover Council is seeking funding to extend the Markham Vale industrial estate off junction 29a of the M1 and to help redevelop the town’s old coke works.
Chesterfield is after cash to help its project to redevelop the old canal basin north of the town centre, and build the A619 Staveley-Brimington bypass, which was first proposed more than a decade ago.
Doncaster Council wants cash to complete the Robin Hood Airport-M18 link road, adding the final section between the A638 and the terminal building.
Rotherham wants funding for transport improvements to Parkgate shopping centre and redevelopment in Maltby, hit by closure of the colliery.