Sheffield-Rotherham BRT North scheme officially launched

The £30m Sheffield – Rotherham Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme has been officially launched with a ceremony at the newly constructed “Blackburn Meadows Way” link road under J34 of the M1.

The Northern route of the scheme aims to improve the links between Rotherham and Sheffield passing Meadowhall, the Lower Don Valley and Templeborough. With buses running every ten minutes, it aims help to foster economic growth along the corridor by helping people access jobs and opportunities.

The new X1 Steel Link service, operated by First Bus, started using the route in September.

Read on… http://www.rothbiz.co.uk/2016/12/news-5277-sheffield-rotherham-brt-north.html?m=1

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7 Responses to Sheffield-Rotherham BRT North scheme officially launched

  1. trambuster says:

    Oh yes, a really brilliant route – just an hour and a half from Maltby to Sheffield stop/start 30 times along the way. Not so much “rapid transit” as ‘vomit inducing grossly unpleasant journey machine’

  2. Xinsider says:

    Just removing the “pinch points” from Tinsley and Meadowhall traffic islands into the Meadowhall Shopping Centre isn’t what I expected

  3. Albion says:

    Why not extend the current highly successful Supertram network into Rotherham and then to Maltby,now that would be progress.

  4. Colin Tawn says:

    @Albion
    My understanding is most of the residents on Wickersley Road fought a campaign to stop Supertram travelling along there. And why not?
    Extending the Supertram network into Rotherham from Meadowhall would be feasable but there are no valid reasons IMV why it should go as far as Maltby.

  5. Caven Vines says:

    They are already bringing the Rail/Tram from Meadowhall to Rotherham and Parkgate retail park
    The trams are in the shed per chased from Spain now awaiting the track being laid About two year delay and well over budget
    Nothing changes with Labour in control of local councils and SYPT

    • Janet Green says:

      Caven Vines can be totally relied on to get the facts on any topic completely wrong.

      I have a minor business interest in the project, so I have kept appraised of progress.

      The delay in the Train-Tram is entirely due to Network Rail.

      In 2015, Network Rail guaranteed that the works would be complete no later than November 2016, allowing the start of service in January 2017.

      This was already a serious delay on what had been promised, and it has caused massive problems and embarrassment for all the other partners in the project.

      Then, in March this year, completely out of the blue, Network Rail announced that it “…could no longer meet its own timetable for delivering the infrastructure works required to allow the first national Tram/Train service to commence service in January 2017.”

      It’s a complete fiasco.

      What we’re now learning is that, under direction from the Department of Transport, Network Rail’s priority was switched from Train-Tram (and this scheme is meant to be the national pilot) and Midland Mainline electrification to the Oxford-Cambridge development.

  6. Colin Tawn says:

    Slightly off topic:
    rothbiz will not publish any comments that are critical of this scheme.

    Ask how I know. 😦

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