The Tram-Train service which runs to Rotherham Parkgate could be set for a new stop with a public consultation being launched looking at a proposed new stop in Templebrough, Rotherham. The stop has been better known so far as giving access to the Magna Science & Adventure Centre but would also improve access to employment and give walking and cycling opportunities.
The plan for the new stop – which would be the third stop on the Tram-Train line following on from that at Rotherham Central and Rotherham Parkgate – is part of Sheffield City Region’s £166 million Transforming Cities Fund programme. It is a joint proposal by South Yorkshire PTE and Network Rail and links to Rotherham Council’s plans for an active travel corridor between Rotherham Town Centre and Tinsley and Sheffield City Council’s proposals for walking and cycling links continuing to Meadowhall.
Pat Beijer, SYPTE Director of Transport Operations, 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 important proposals aim to improve connectivity between local neighbourhoods and centres. We hope the new Tram Train stop and Park & Ride will help to address traffic congestion and air quality in the area, particularly at Junction 34 of the M1, by encouraging people to think about choosing public transport and active travel over private cars.”
Cllr Dominic Beck, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, said: “We want everyone in Rotherham to have sustainable, convenient and affordable travel options – and public transport is central to that. 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.”
The consultation is live until Friday 3rd September 2021 and it can be accessed online at https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/en-GB/LandingPage/Magna-consultation, by calling Traveline on 01709 515 151, via paper form from the Customer Service Desk at Meadowhall, Rotherham and Sheffield Interchange. There are also online Q&A sessions on Wednesday 11th August (1200-1300) and Wednesday 18th August (1800-1900) which can be registered for at the above link.
The feedback from the consultation will help shape and inform the design and operational requirements for the scheme.