Public urged to back foot and cycle paths plan

AN APPEAL has been made for residents to give their support to a transport project which aims to connect communities in Sheffield, Derbyshire and Rotherham - and remove a dangerous bottleneck.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 27th September 2007, 3:30 pm
Updated Monday, 1st October 2007, 8:57 am

Authorities in the three areas are by proposing a network of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths - including a new route between Halfway and Killamarsh.

It is needed to bypass Station Road and Sheffield Road, braved on a daily basis by pedestrians and cyclists from Mosborough, Halfway, Eckington, Westfield and Killamarsh, so they can get to work, shops, local facilities and trams.

The existing route is intimidating and dangerous - with busy traffic and narrow paths, particularly at two bridges over a railway line and the River Rother.

Coun Bryan Lodge, Sheffield Council cabinet member for transport, said: "A bid has been forwarded to sustainable transport charity Sustrans to obtain lottery funding for the project. What the team need now is support from people in the local community to help the project come to life."

Sustrans' Connect2 scheme - which incorporates the Killamarsh to Halfway route - is one of several projects across the country competing for a single multi-million pound grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Living Landmarks: The People's Millions competition.

The winner will be decided by televised public vote this winter.

To be considered, the Sustrans bid needs members of the public to register their support. Visit the Sustrans 'Connect 2' website at www.sustransconnect2.org.uk, text Connect2 to 80010, or call 08450 581 373.

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