Barnsley Council has approved the Barnsley Rail Vision key messages document at today’s cabinet meeting.
The vision, endorsed by Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, has been produced in partnership with Transport for the North, Network Rail, Northern Rail, South Yorkshire Passenger Executive, Sheffield City Region and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, alongside Pell Frischmann, specialist experts in rail infrastructure planning and design.
Barnsley Rail Vision:
‘By 2033, Barnsley will be connected to direct rail services on the high speed and intercity networks. It will have new rail infrastructure to link key locations within the City Region together with new and enhanced stations to support better quality and more frequent rail services.’
Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “I welcome cabinet’s approval of the rail vision. Our aspirations are ambitious and dependent on the support of our partners to make this a reality. We know that Barnsley can make this work through our town centre regeneration and ‘game-changing’ proposals such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) parkway stations to serve Barnsley and the Dearne Valley.
“I’m pleased to say that the award-winning Penistone Line Partnership has endorsed the vision. As a leading promoter and activist in engaging local communities in rail and transport services, they’re a valuable partner in making this a reality.”
Barnsley Council and community rail partnership supporters will look to explore new rail initiatives to serve West Green and Royston communities as well as securing enhancements on the Penistone line and stations.
We’re committed to #BuildIt by working to make sure Barnsley’s transport links are fit for purpose and benefit from improved inter-city and High-Speed networks. #OwnIt by using public transport to travel around the borough.