The contract for a major new road in South Yorkshire has been put up for grabs as Sheffield City Council is inviting bidders forward for the new project.

Officials are looking to move forward the Bus Rapid Transit North scheme which is designed to create a fast connection between Sheffield and Rotherham, promoting easier access around the county. The contract up for grabs is for the Tinsley Link road development is an 800 metre stretch of highway that passes under the Tinsley Motorway Viaduct and is seen as an integral of the initiative that the local authority is attempting to create, the Construction Enquirer reports.

Construction companies are now being invited to bid for the rights to carry out the project which is due to cost £24 million once completed. Officials are hoping for work to begin in early 2014 with a view to have the service up and running in time for the autumn of 2015. It is aimed to improve the links between Sheffield and Rotherham giving residents, commuters and shoppers much easier access between the two.

Plans unveiled by the local authority show that the new link road will allow people to completely bypass junction 34 of the M1 motorway, providing an alternative route and potentially alleviating congestion on other part of the road network around Sheffield. Council planners have said that public transport will be given priority on the route to boost the Bus Rapid Transit North scheme.

The project sees two different routes being created on both north and south roads connecting different parts of this area of Yorkshire. The aforementioned Northern route connects Sheffield and Rotherham, taking in Wicker, Meadowhall, Templeborough and Carbrook, while the Southern section of this scheme will connect residents in Canklow, Brinsworth and Waverley with both Sheffield and Rotherham.

Officials behind the development believe that it will help to provide a much wider and efficient public transport network for everyone living within south Yorkshire.

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