Exciting plan for Supertram

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IT is exciting news that the Government is to approve an expansion of the Supertram network to Rotherham, particularly as it will be achieved with only minimal construction of new lines.

The idea is to run trams as far as Meadowhall where they will be switched via a set of points to the rail lines leading as far as Parkgate.

We look forward to this scheme developing in the coming months and years, particularly as it surely promises a new option for expanding the tram system to other outlying areas at minimal cost, using their existing rail lines to link to the popular transport network.

Tell the public what’s happening

THERE is a grim feeling that South Yorkshire is slipping into a deep financial mire surrounding the establishment of the superfast broadband network being set up by publicly-funded Digital Region Limited.

The goalposts for this ambitious venture were moved a month ago when Digital Region announced it would switch to a new Government commercial model for public sector broadband networks, designed to make the private sector bear the risk of operating them.

But thsi didn’t happen until the county’s four local councils rallied to a plea for more money to keep it afloat.

Despite strict financial constraints under which councils are operating, they managed to scrape together £3m to hand over to the scheme which has been trumpeted as a means of securing hi-tech jobs for the region.

However, Digital Region’s search for a private sector partner is being conducted secretively – excused as commercial sensitivity – with the company refusing to disclose what is meant by its proposal to transfer ‘title’ of the network.

This was set up with public money and was bailed out by public money. The public, who provide that money, has a right to know what is going on.

If you have the will

YOU don’t have to be an Action Man (or Woman) to lead an active life. And you don’t have to spend a small fortune on gym membership either. All you need to do is have the will to fit in the Government-recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week – and do something as simple as walk to work. And if you live too far from the office, then get off the bus a couple of stops early and stretch your legs. This is all part of the advice being offered during Walk to Work Week which aims to get people thinking about healthier lifestyles. And the best thing is that it is all achievable. As long as you have the will...