Rotherham Clean Air Zone plans to be “fast-tracked” for approval

Proposals for Rotherham’s Clean Air Zone are set to be fast-tracked through the council, in a bid to tackle air pollution.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 11:56 am

The plans would be linked with Sheffield’s, and would see a number of changes introduced in a bid to reduce emissions which contribute to a number of health problems.

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The council now wants to progress the schemes after a letter of assurance was sought from the Joint Air Quality Unit.

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If the scheme goes ahead, the speed limit on the Rotherham section of the parkway would be reduced from the national speed limit to 50MPH.

HGVs would be restricted in certain areas, and buses would be rerouted.

HGVs would be restricted to one-way on Wortley Road, from Bradgate Park to Junction 35 of the M1, and buses would be diverted from from Rawmarsh Hill to Barbers Avenue

The Wortley Road restriction aims to redirect traffic to Junction 34 of the M1, removing traffic travelling uphill, where large good vehicles tend to produce more pollution.

Councillor Emma Hoddinott, cabinet member for waste, roads and community safety said: “There is no need for us to wait around to tackle air pollution. By agreeing these schemes now, we can improve the quality of the air you breathe as soon as possible.”

Councillor Denise Lelliott, cabinet member for jobs and the local economy said: “These schemes not only remove pollution, but also seek to improve public transport. They go hand-in-hand with the cycling strategy consultation we are also seeking to approve in this cabinet.”

The plan to fast-track the scheme through the council will be heard by the council’s cabinet at their next meeting on March 22.

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