Travel network improvements

Wellgate, Broom Road and Broom Valley Road cycle routes

Broom map

Rotherham Council has made improvements on Wellgate and Broom Road in 2023 so it is safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to use a key route connecting the south-east of town and central Rotherham.

The £3.6 million Broom Road Cycleways scheme has introduced 1.4km of dedicated cycle tracks on Wellgate between Hollowgate and Boswell Street, along with a new pedestrian crossing and associated connecting works.

Broom Road Cycleways is another result of Rotherham Council’s ambitious Cycling Strategy, making additions and improvements to the borough’s cycling infrastructure.

Funding was secured by the Council through the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Active Travel Fund (ATF), Gainshare and the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS).

Work started in mid-March 2023 and is nearly complete.

Surfacing Tracks

We are installing red surfacing tracks until the 30th of April from 8am to 4.30pm (subject to weather conditions). The tracks will be painted on to the cycle lanes at carriageway interfaces. To accommodate the works, there will be rolling closures, when simple diversions may be in place. At some access points, there will be a joint in the material to maintain access. There will be partial closures and diversions for pedestrians for the duration of the week. There will be traffic management on Wellgate and Broom Road.

2021 Consultation findings

  • Conducted online 11 October to 7 November 2021
  • 105 responses
  • 50% supported the Broom Road proposals, 40% indicated opposition
  • 34% felt they would cycle more as a consequence of proposals
  • Younger people more likely to support proposals than elderly, people with disabilities most likely to object
  • Two responses received from Wellgate businesses. Both expressed neutral view of proposals
  • Strongest opposition from residents fronting route (10 of 13 / 77%) and motorists using route (10 of 14 / 70%)
  • 34 of respondents objecting added comments. Two key themes: objections to providing for cyclists in principle; concerns relating to traffic congestion
  • Correspondence received from two individuals. One not supportive due to presumed congestion and air quality impact. A second raised concerns in respect of disability access

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