Sheffield Parkway to be given £46 million overhaul to reduce congestion
Sheffield’s congested Parkway is to be given a £46 million overhaul to reduce congestion, the Government has announced.
The project will transform the existing road into a dual three lane carriageway while there will also be improvement works where it connects with Junction 33 of the M1.
The plan for the Parkway one of the busiest roads in the region and officially known as the A630, is aimed at improving traffic flow and reducing delays for drivers.
A key route between Rotherham and Sheffield and providing access to the M1, the route is used by around 65,000 vehicles a day and is regularly clogged up at rush hour at either end of the day.
There will be carriageway widening and resurfacing at J33, reducing congestion, cutting carbon emissions, and further boosting capacity to help road users move about more easily.
Peter Molyneux, Major Roads Director at Transport for the North, said: “Confirmed funding to upgrade the A630 will be welcome news for the thousands of people and businesses who are faced with daily delays getting into and out of Sheffield and the surrounding area.
“Investing in this vital strategic road is a clear example of the Government’s commitment to levelling-up the North and supporting our economy by creating jobs and delivering a transport network that will aid recovery and growth.”
Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “The funding announced today will make a real difference to thousands of commuters’ journeys in the region every day, and further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to levelling up transport infrastructure in the North.
“By boosting the capacity on this vital A-road, and delivering this scheme in good time, we’ll help improve connectivity, cut journey times and boost local economies in South Yorkshire.”
The main works are set to start soon and the new road is scheduled to open in summer 2022, with the Department for Transport’s funding contribution forming the majority of the total scheme cost of £46 million.
The A630 starts at the A57 just outside Sheffield city centre as part of the Sheffield Parkway, then runs to the M1 at Junction 33 before heading to Rotherham then onwards to Doncaster before terminating at Junction 4 of the M18 in Armthorpe.