Park-and-ride plan finally on the right track

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DISUSED land which was once a garden centre is set to be turned into a new 139-space park-and-ride car park at a Sheffield rail station over the next 12 months – a year later than first proposed.

South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority – the board of councillors overseeing the county’s transport funding – is set to approve £269,563 to cover the cost of the project at Dore & Totley Station at its meeting on Thursday.

The park-and-ride plan has already received £400,000 from the Government.

It is one of 60 different projects across Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham which are to be allocated a total of £27 million.

The Dore & Totley station car park plan, on land off Abbeydale Road, has been granted permission by Sheffield Council and aims to reduce problems caused by commuters parking on surrounding streets.

The current station car park can only accommodate a small number of vehicles.

Other transport projects to be funded include £1.69 million for road safety schemes across the county including pedestrian crossings and traffic calming, and £287,000 towards air quality improvement projects, much of which will be spent on a campaign to get more people driving ‘clean’ cars.

Around Sheffield, £630,000 will be spent on traffic management changes and bus improvements on Manchester Road and Ecclesall Road, £280,000 towards the cost of parking permit zones, plus £250,000 towards the Halfway to Killamarsh bridleway.

Bus priority schemes covering roads including the A61 through Barnsley and routes in central Rotherham will receive a total of £1 million.

And the South Yorkshire transport budget will also complete ‘outstanding’ contributions towards larger schemes which are mostly funded by the Government, including the A57 Todwick Crossroads improvement.