Go-ahead for rapid buses

PLANS for a new rapid bus system connecting Sheffield and Rotherham have been approved by Sheffield Council's cabinet.

Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 7:56 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2007, 8:54 am

The scheme is intended to replace the aborted Supertram extensions, which the Government turned down last year as too expensive.

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But Lib Dems say the system will actually be more expensive - and instead want city bosses to go back with a renewed bid for the extensions.

One route will go from Sheffield city centre, through Waverley to Rotherham town centre costing around 37 million, while another will go from Sheffield through Meadowhall to Rotherham Parkgate and would cost between 130 and 160 million.

The proposed Supertram extensions from Meadowhall to Rotherham Parkgate and from Glossop Road up to the Northern General Hospital would have cost 110 million.