Mixed reaction over South Yorkshire's transport master planÂ

A transport master plan for South Yorkshire '“ which project leaders claim will be '˜one of the best in Europe' '“ has sparked debate among Star readers. Â

Friday, 21st December 2018, 9:05 am
Updated Friday, 21st December 2018, 9:13 am
Transport in South Yorkshire.

Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis has come up with a plan of action to improve the regions transport network as the current system is '˜

'˜not for the 21st century'. 

Transport in South Yorkshire.

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Council leaders from the county who make up the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, signed off Mayor Jarvis' 10 commitments for transport at a meeting on Monday.  

The commitments include investing in the expansion of the tram and tram-train network, improving rail connections to places like Leeds and Manchester and putting pedestrians and cyclists '˜at the centre' of any plan.

The list also includes working towards a '˜zero-emission' public transport network, improving road safety and supporting improved public transport connections to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.  

The move has been met with a mixed reception from Star readers.  

Some were optimistic about the plans. 

Luke Martin posted on Facebook: 'Sounds like a great idea. Lets hope the cash is freed up for it.'

Heather Wingfield added: 'I used to live in Switzerland '“ fantastic transport system, maybe take some tips from them.'  

But others were more sceptical. 

Mickelmas Youngus said: 'So it's gonna take 22 years and £120million '“ bet it ends up costing £500 million and will really take 55 years.'

Leigh Brown added: 'I'll be retired before anything gets changed.' 

The city region has already drafted a bid to the Department for Transport for around £120 million.

Mr Jarvis said he hopes that by 2040 the region will have '˜comprehensive, effective and integrated transport connections.'

A more detailed proposal will be made available next month.