The region is to speed up improvements in infrastructure for key projects

Sheffield City Region (SCR) has unveiled a £28bn infrastructure plan designed to help create 70,000 jobs and 6,000 businesses.

The ‘Integrated Infrastructure Plan’ (IIP) details how the SCR will speed up key projects across the region’s nine districts.

Major projects identified as priorities include Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the surrounding area, maximising the benefits of HS2 to the region and the regeneration of town and city centres.

The programme will be rolled out from January.

Mayor of Doncaster and chair of the Combined Authority Infrastructure Executive Board Ros Jones said: “Schemes like Great Yorkshire Way, which opened earlier this year, linking Doncaster Sheffield Airport to the motorway network, demonstrate that putting the right infrastructure in place can have a huge impact.

“This plan is a visionary way forward, and is designed to help the region achieve its ambitious key targets. I am very proud to have been involved with it and will be working hard with all our partners to ensure its success.”

Martin McKervey, partner at law firm Nabarro, chair of the SCR’s Infrastructure Development Group and a private sector board member of the SCR LEP, added: “Delivering this Plan will help make SCR ready for investors, and play a key part in the Northern Powerhouse.

“Thanks to Devolution, and the funding it will bring, the plan can underpin our path as we take greater control over our future economic prosperity. We have the freedom to choose the solutions that work for our area.”