Could cable cars be the answer to Rotherham's traffic problems?

By Antony Clay | 20/10/2017

Could cable cars be the answer to Rotherham's traffic problems?

A CABLE car could be part of the answer to Rotherham’s transport difficulties, according to one councillor.

Cllr Nigel Simpson asked for Rotherham Borough Council’s Transport Board to consider the unusual mode of transport — more usually found in the Alps — to link Waverley and Sheffield.

In a question to the full council meeting on Wednesday, the UKIP councillor called for a feasibility study for a cable car linked to park-and-ride facilities.

Cllr Denise Lelliott, the council’s Cabinet member for jobs and the local economy, said the transport board could look at the idea, but she thought a cable car was unlikely to be a cost-effective option.

She said: “It will be expensive.”

The council courted controversy last month with its own unexpected transport plan — spending £500,000 on a new footbridge outside Rotherham Central station which will cut just a few yards off pedestrians’ walk to the station from the town centre.

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