There is going to be a new express bus running between Rotherham and Sheffield and it is expected that this will open up bring the development in the Tinsley area. The current bus journey lasts about 30 minutes and this express bus service is going to reduce this travel time to just 20 minutes. There is going to be a new road constructed between the two places and this is going to be located underneath the M1 motorway.
The investment is going to cost nearly £35 million and is part of an investment in Sheffield infrastructure which also includes the introduction of four new trams in the city. The director of passenger transport in South Yorkshire is David Brown and he has said, “There is quite a lot of congestion on the motorway because people are making a short trip between Sheffield and Rotherham, by introducing this new road we are going to reduce the amount of congestion on the motorway and also reduce the travel time between the two places. We are expecting to be able to launch the buses by 2015 and they are going to be the best available.”
The funding for the project is being sourced from a variety of different places and some of it is coming from the Department for Transport and other money is coming from funding from the European Union. Some money will also be coming from local authorities and from third-party contributions. Mr Brown continued, “The buses are also going to be very environmentally friendly and they should help to improve the air quality in the area. We are going to be utilising the latest technology to reduce environmental impact.”