Plans are gathering momentum for a new Tram Train stop and Park & Ride in Templeborough, Rotherham.
The transport scheme will link Magna Science & Adventure Centre to the Tram Train network, ameliorating Tram Train and tram connectivity, access to employment, walking and cycling opportunities, air quality and congestion.
The proposals by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Network Rail are part of the Sheffield City’s Region’s £166M Transforming Cities Fund programme.
They will improve travel connections in the region, as well as link Rotherham Council’s proposals to open an active travel corridor between Rotherham town centre and Tinsley, and Sheffield City Council’s proposals for walking and cycling links continuing to Meadowhall.
Director of Transport Operations at SYPTE, Pat Beijer, said, “passengers in South Yorkshire are the first in the UK to benefit from pioneering Tram Trains, and we’re seeking your views to help shape this ambitious project, the first to grow the network since it opened in 2018.”
The network will offer direct services from Sheffield city centre to Rotherham Central and Parkgate, travelling on street tramlines and the national rail network. The proposed new stop is the first to be added to the network since it opened in 2018.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, Councillor Dominic Beck, said “we want everyone in Rotherham to have sustainable, convenient and affordable travel options, and public transport is central to that.”
The new Tram Train stop, and Park & Ride are set to improve air quality in the area, especially at Junction 34 of the M1, by urging people to choose public transport and active travel over cars.
The councillor continued, “this scheme stands to benefit us all by reducing traffic congestion and harmful emissions, so I encourage everyone who lives in, works in or travels through this area to examine the proposals, and help make the most of this investment.”
Proposals for the new stop are set to improve accessibility and provide growth opportunities in the Templeborough and Sheffield Road area.
Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East route, Matt Rice, added “the proposed Tram Train stop would improve connectivity for local businesses, visitors to Magna Science & Adventure Centre and people living in the Rotherham area, with better access to a fast, clean method of transport.”
A public consultation is being held from Monday 26 July until Friday 3 September to allow people to have their say on the proposals.