Sheffield Council has an ambitious transport plan for which it is asking the Government to fund.
Sheffield Council leader, Julie Dore has highlighted the importance of Government to fund what she termed as an ambitious transport plan in order to totally transform mobility in the north.
Cllr Dore said the transport plan, which was feasible with Government support, would shorten the train journey between Manchester and Sheffield to 27 minutes. The plan is mainly centred on improving the Hope Valley railway line, a development she said could be complement by a new major road link under the Pennines. This would cardinal in connecting the two cities.
The strategy, she said, would also include the speedy completion of the HS2 high speed rail link delivery. She also said a new rail line between Manchester and Sheffield was a strategic component of the proposed transport plan, something that was important for business between the two points.
“What we now need to see from the Government is real commitment and funding to deliver these projects which will make the difference to turn this strategy into reality,” Cllr Dore explained.
And Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg acknowledged that the implementation of such a project was highly beneficial to Sheffield. He noted that there had been previous work on which the present report built on.
“I think the level of consensus on this is new. People like to observe that some of these ideas have been floated in the past but they haven’t been outlined in such a formal plan by Government and all political parties,” Mr Clegg said.
With a development budget of £12.5 million already approved for the purpose of progressing proposals in the report, the transport plan also takes into consideration the need to review the impact of improvements to the M1 and upgrading the A1. This would improve traffic to distribution centres near Doncaster and Sheffield.
The Deputy Prime Minister expressed confidence in Government borrowing money in order to invest in the plans and the northern economy.