Businesses and stakeholders from across the Sheffield City Region (SCR) today called for better connected local travel to boost the region’s economy, and investment in improved transport links to neighbouring areas.
As they put forward views on the SCR draft Transport Strategy, they also asked for existing facilities to be safeguarded for the future, such as local rail routes, stressed the importance of clean air, and called for a strong single voice from the North on transport.
The meeting held at The Source in Sheffield featured a panel of transport speakers, including SCR Local Enterprise Partnership Board member Martin McKervey of international law firm CMS who outlined the economic context for the draft Strategy.
He said: “Our growth ambitions can only be realised if we have the transport infrastructure to move goods and people more efficiently within the city region than at present.”
Mr McKervey, who is also a member of the Transport for the North Partnership Board, added: “We want to enable people and goods to reach their destinations more efficiently, and businesses to be able to reach markets in other regions.
“Our aim is also to help residents access well-paid, high skilled jobs and to travel easily across a wider area. One of our biggest challenges is attracting a talented workforce, and connectivity is vital.”
Jonathan Spruce, Interim Director of Transport for the North, said: “Sheffield City Region is fundamental to Transport for the North,” adding that its innovative ‘corridor’ development approach had become a feature of TfN’s plan.
He said TfN was looking holistically at the appraisal of the schemes in the plan to fully understand their wider economic impact, and stressing this to Government.
An online consultation on the SCR draft Transport Strategy is at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B9MR8J9. It runs until the end of March.
- Transport for the North’s public consultation on its own Strategic Transport Plan runs until 17 April with Sheffield City Region events in Sheffield and Doncaster.
They will run 4-7pm 14 February at Sheffield City Hall, and 4-7pm 21 March at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
The picture shows left to right:
Martin McKervey; Jonathan Spruce, Interim Strategy Director, TfN; Mark Lynam, Director of Programme Commissioning, Sheffield City Region; Katie Chesworth, Senior Transport Planner, Mott MacDonald; Kate Stow, Head of Marketing, Peel Airports;David Budd, Assistant Director Transport, Sheffield City Region