On Friday 20 October 2017, Sheffield City Region announced that £10m of Government funding would be invested in transport schemes across South Yorkshire. For Rotherham, £3.24m of this funding would be invested and used for road improvements at the College Road roundabout.
Councillor Denise Lelliott, Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy at Rotherham Council, has said:
“This improvement scheme builds on the work we have already done to improve traffic movement through Rotherham town centre towards the M1, as well as allowing greater access to the town centre.
Two years ago we completed a road improvement scheme for the A630 in Rotherham town centre, now known as New York Junction, and this has made an improvement to traffic flow in and out of Rotherham.
The College Road junction scheme will add to this improvement, and we hope this will act as a further catalyst for the economic growth Rotherham needs.”
This improvement scheme at the College Road roundabout will complement future plans for the redevelopment and regeneration of the town centre. There has been the recent demolition of the old Tesco building to open up the Forge Island site and the construction work to heighten the rail bridge on College Road in preparation for the Tram-Train service coming to the town centre. Earlier this year, there was also the publication of the town centre Masterplan by consultants WYG with proposals for the regeneration of Rotherham town centre as well.
You can read the Sheffield City Region announcement, published on Friday 20 October 2017, here.