Rail depot plan for road scheme

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SHEFFIELD’S £2 billion Streets Ahead scheme to revamp the city’s crumbling roads and pavements is to be helped with investment in a new rail depot which will create around 30 jobs.

The facility is to be created at Tinsley Park and will be used for delivery of the huge amount of aggregates needed to resurface 1,200 miles of highway – rather than bring the materials in by road.

New jobs to be available at the depot are among 200 supply-chain jobs being created through the private finance initiative contract between Sheffield Council and Amey. The depot, off Europa Way, is to be run by Aggregate Industries UK Limited.

A planning application covering the development has been submitted to Sheffield Council, for a ‘rail connected aggregates depot with coated roadstone plant, ready-mixed concrete plant and aggregate recycling facility’.

Some 80 per cent of material handled at the site would be new aggregate brought in by rail, while the rest would be material recycled from digging up old surfaces around the city.

The site is next to the current railfreight terminal and is currently unusued.

It has outline planning permission for industrial use.

No objections have been received to the plans.

Aggregate Industries says the proposals will reduce the environmental impact of the highways project by reducing lorry movements.

Meanwhile, plans have also been submitted to Sheffield Council for a Fitness First gym to open 24 hours a day.

The proposals have been made for the company’s gym at Archer Drive, Millhouses. No objections have been made.

Dates have not been set for decisions to be made on either of the applications.