Our negative council have thought of a reason to possibly reject IKEA – traffic at junction 34.
What’s a motorway for if it can’t handle a few thousand extra vehicles a day? Moreover, anyone who had read the Star lately will know that the M1 will be widened by an extra lane and the Don Valley stadium is being closed
Thousands of people will no longer head there via junction 34.
Three thousand Rotherham United fans alone no longer suffer the indignity of crossing junction 34 into Sheffield to watch home games at Don Valley. They’ve got the New York stadium in their home town.
Meadowhall handles 24 million visitors per year at junction 34.
Spokesman for our negative-minded council, John Mothersole, says it is their intention to stop development at Meadowhall.
A new Next store planned for Meadowhall was duly turned down.
In the meantime the Trinity shopping centre has opened in Leeds.
It seems logical that the millions attracted to Meadowhall hitherto from the Leeds/Harrogate/York/Wakefield etc.connurbations, will now shop at Trinity.
Say, Meadowhall loses 10 per cent, this will mean 2.4 million fewer people at junction 34 per year.
As for the council’s friends, Hammerson, one can’t see them generating any traffic into Sheffield via junction 34 in the foreseeable future.