Road improvements given go ahead as grant approved

Published Thursday, 2nd February 2017
Traffic on a Rotherham road
Traffic on a Rotherham road

Key road improvements have been given the green light as a funding bid by Rotherham Council was approved by Sheffield City Region this week.

Sheffield City Region (SCR) Combined Authority has 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.

The Growth Corridor – which is situated in Wales near Rotherham – 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.

Vector 31 was built in 2008 and was extended a few years later. It has been consistently fully-occupied, with businesses including Hermes, Preformed Windings and CCPI-Europe. Network Space – which owns Vector 31- is also in discussions with Rotherham Council to potentially expand its commercial development through the authority’s Local Plan.

Rotherham Council’s Strategic Director for Environment and Regeneration Damien Wilson said the transport scheme was key to ensuring the local infrastructure supported future economic growth in the region.

He said: “Having two very successful companies interested in developments within the Rotherham borough demonstrates the confidence businesses have that coming to Rotherham can yield good returns financially. We want to ensure that the road network is capable of supporting that growth and investment, whilst ensuring any developments do not disrupt the local population, but instead provide opportunities for everyone.”

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.