COUNCIL bosses in Rotherham have been handed £40 million to begin widening the Parkway.
The Department for Transport grant was passed on by Sheffield City Region’s Mayoral Combined Authority on Monday (16).
It was part of a £72 million funding package aimed at helping the area’s fight back from the pandemic.
Rotherham also received £2.2 million towards regenerating the town centre and £2 million for part two of the Century Business Centre development at Manvers.
Work on expanding the dual carriageway Parkway into a three-lane route will begin imminently and is expected to be complete by spring 2022.
The expanding Advanced Manufacturing Park is expected to benefit, although residents at Catcliffe have raised concerns about the extra pollution from traffic.
RMBC leader Cllr Chris Read said: “I am delighted that we’ve been able to secure this major investment in three diverse, but equally significant projects for the regeneration of Rotherham.
“At a time of great uncertainty for the local and national economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is most welcome news.
“The Parkway widening scheme will cut journey times, ease congestion and benefit the environment on the main route linking Rotherham, Sheffield and the M1, providing better access to current and future major employment sites.
“Funding for delivery of the next phase of our Town Centre Masterplan will help improve the look and feel of our town centre as we move away from an almost exclusive retail offer to an attractive mix which also includes leisure, open space, employment and housing.
“And the investment in phase 2 of Century Business Park will create additional office and clean manufacturing space, with the aim of creating more than 100 new jobs.”
City region mayor Dan Jarvis said: “While we face significant economic headwinds, local leaders, the business community and I are united in our desire and determination to build back better from the pandemic.
“We are putting our money where our mouth is, and investing in South Yorkshire’s people, businesses and places to recover and renew.”