AN OFFER of £3 million of funding to provide a new pedestrian bridge at Sheffield railway station was formally accepted last night.
A formal response was sent yesterday accepting the Transport Secretary Justine Greening’s offer of £3 million to fund a new bridge, to resolve the long-running issue of maintaining pedestrian access through the station.
The letter to the Department for Transport, sent by Paul Blomfield MP on behalf of Sheffield’s Labour MPs, Coun Leigh Bramall and David Young of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, ‘welcomes and accepts’ the offer of cash.
Paul Blomfield MP said: “Our letter welcomes and accepts the offer of £3m funding for the construction of a new pedestrian bridge, and supports the commitment to not install barriers until an alternative bridge is in place and open to the public.
“We do think the Secretary of State should continue to explore the option of upgrading the goods bridge and ‘non-structural’ options like more ticket machines, inspectors and ticket spot checks.
“As we said before there is a long way to go, but we now look forward to hearing from the Department for Transport about the details of the study and we’re 100 per cent committed to working to maintain pedestrian access through Sheffield Station.”
The money had been offered to provide an alternative way of crossing the tracks for residents of Norfolk Park and Park Hill, Supertram passengers, and students, while allowing ticket barriers to be installed on the existing bridge.
Ms Greening said Sheffield had until tomorrow to decide whether to accept the cash.
Sheffield Council was understood to be concerned whether £3m would be sufficient to cover the cost of the bridge, which needs to span eight lines and platforms.