Roadworks start in “growth corridor”Published Wednesday, 15th February 2017
Residents in the Wales and Aston areas are being reminded that work has started on improvement to the area’s road network as part of the “Growth Corridor” scheme.
The key road improvements were given the green light earlier this month when a funding bid by Rotherham Council was approved by Sheffield City Region (SCR).
The A618 Growth Corridor is near to Rother Valley Country Park as well as the successful industrial development Vector 31 at Waleswood. Gulliver's Family Theme Parks has also submitted plans for a theme park resort in the area.
Roadworks began on Monday 6 February and the current phase involves a one-way system on the A618 Mansfield Road at Aston.
Motorists travelling from Aston are able to access the A57 Aston Way from Mansfield Road, however drivers travelling in the opposite direction are currently being diverted via the A57 to Chesterfield Road and Swallownest.
The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Combined Authority agreed to contribute up to £759,000 to the Growth Corridor scheme, which will see work completed on junctions on the A618 and A57 network including traffic lights and extra lanes.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said that the works were an important part of ensuring the local road infrastructure supports future economic growth in the region.
She said: "It’s great news that we have two major companies interested in developments in this area and we need to ensure that the road network can support this additional investment and growth.
"We apologise for any temporary inconvenience to local people while these works are ongoing, but we hope that in the long-term traffic congestion will be eased for the area as well as bringing economic benefits and opportunities."
SCR Combined Authority originally shortlisted 16 schemes from 35 bids in 2016 – three Rotherham Council bids were accepted pending full business cases.
The other two bids were for the purchase of Forge Island from Tesco and the purchase of the Advanced Manufacturing Park’s Technology Centre.