Enterprise body’s £3m boost for congestion-busting bus scheme

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PLANS for a congestion-busting bus scheme were given a boost yesterday after one of Yorkshire’s Local Enterprise Partnerships approved a £3m grant towards its construction.

South Yorkshire’s Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) drew up plans for two bus rapid transit (BRT) routes to link Sheffield and Rotherham after a scheme to extend Sheffield’s Supertram network failed.

The southern route did not attract Government funding and transport chiefs are currently “examining alternatives” but the northern option was approved by the Department for Transport.

Ministers pledged £19.4m towards the total £34m cost at the end of last year and yesterday the Sheffield City Region LEP said it would also contribute £3m.

The LEP’s chairman James Newman said the BRT route, which will run via Attercliffe, Meadowhall and Templeborough, would improve access to one of its Enterprise Zones, which aim to attract new businesses and have also been set up with Government money.

As well as the transport executive, Sheffield Council and Rotherham Council are also part-funding the scheme.

David Young , SYPTE’s director of customer experience, said: “We are delighted to receive news of this funding, which represents an important step forward in our ongoing commitment to providing a sustainable transport network across South Yorkshire.

“These improvements will be invaluable in terms of enabling economic growth, strengthening local communities, providing better access to jobs and services, and reducing congestion.”