IT’S full steam ahead for a new 139-space park and ride at Dore and Totley rail station after transport bosses secured £400,000 of Government funding.
The car park, granted planning permission in September, will be built on the former Abbeydale Garden Centre site next to the station by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.
A new entrance will be built and a pedestrian crossing provided on Abbeydale Road.
The project will relieve growing problems caused by increasing numbers of commuters using the station who have nowhere to leave their cars.
It has led to surrounding residential streets becoming clogged with vehicles.
News the car park is going ahead was welcomed by passengers.
Peter Smith, a chartered surveyor who lives in Dore, regularly catches the train to Manchester.
He said: “It’s an excellent idea for which we have been waiting a long time.
“The area has been crying out for a decent car park - the existing one is totally inadequate and parked cars cause a lot of problems on surrounding streets.”
South Yorkshire PTE said it was finalising the design and would begin construction next year. There will be covered cycle shelter and parking for blue badge holders.
SYPTE has said rail commuters will not be charged for using the facility.
David Brown, SYPTE director general, said: “This will be a tremendous asset to the area around Dore, where people have been calling for some time for more parking.”
Commuters will be able to buy tickets before they board with when a new automatic ticket machine is installed in the next two months.