Ground-breaking new transport link welcomed by Lib Dem councillors
Date: 17/05/2012. Story submitted by: CarolineMc
Submitted by: CarolineMc
A ground breaking new transport project, which will see the Government invest millions of pounds into South Yorkshire, has been welcomed by Liberal Democrat councillors.
Government funding for the Tram/Train project, which would link Rotherham Parkgate to Sheffield City Centre, was announced on Thursday, May 17 by Lib Dem Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP.
The investment was secured following lobbying by Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP, Nick Clegg.
Tram/Train will explore the possibility of trams travelling both on the heavy rail and light rail network and would be operated by Stagecoach Supertram as an extension of their existing Supertram route.
The project aims to deliver three services an hour between Sheffield City Centre and Rotherham Parkgate.
Cllr Ian Auckland, Sheffield Lib Dem spokesperson for Transport, said: “I’m delighted that plans first drawn up when Liberal Democrats ran the Council are now being brought to fruition by Liberal Democrats in Government.
“Thanks to the lobbying of Nick Clegg, millions of pounds are being invested in our local public transport. Lib Dems in Government are putting their money where their mouth is by supporting this project, unlike the Labour Government, who failed to stump up the necessary cash.
“The tram/train project will bring new jobs to Sheffield and put South Yorkshire on the cutting edge of sustainable and green transport.”
Address: Sheffield City Centre Sheffield South Yorkshire S1 2HB
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