Following the 'Have your say on the Future of Supertram' Consultation (19 September – 30 October) the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement confirmed that Sheffield City Region is one of only six English authorities to receive ‘Large Local Major’ scheme funding from the Department for Transport.
Up to £1.573 million is to be invested in the development of a strategy to shape long-term plans for Sheffield City Region’s Supertram system, following a successful bid to Government for support funding.
The 'Have your say on the Future of Supertram' Consultation (19 September – 30 October) sought public and stakeholder opinion on the future of Supertram. It asked how the network could be developed or improved and how services could fit with other transport options over the next 30 years, to support regional economic growth, improve connectivity to employment, leisure and education, and reduce traffic congestion.
Over 2,000 consultation responses were received, with significant feedback supporting investment in Supertram and suggestions for development including network extensions to new locations, new tram vehicles, technology upgrades, and integrated ticketing schemes. 94.8% of respondents viewed the tram as an important mode of transport, and 91.2% see it bringing future benefits to the region.
The full press release is available on the SYPTE website.