Sheffield rail depot scheme jobs boost

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THIRTY jobs will be created at a new rail depot which is to handle 950,000 tonnes of aggregates needed for Sheffield’s £2 billion Streets Ahead road repairs programme.

Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board has granted permission for the facility at the former Tinsley Marshalling Yards.

The depot will be run by Aggregate Industries, on behalf of roads contractor Amey, and receive roadstone from a quarry in Leicestershire.

Material will be brought in by rail to reduce the environmental impact and ensure fewer lorry movements.

Some 24 objections were made to the development, mainly by people living in Brinsworth, Rotherham, on the grounds of noise, traffic and pollution. Residents said there were ‘better sites’ for the plant, which also includes an aggregate recycling facility, next to the Sheffield to Barnsley railway line.

Council planning officers said the scheme would provide ‘significant business and economic benefits to the city’ and encourage environmentally-friendly methods of transport.