WSP is to develop plans to cut congestion on the M1 in Yorkshire.
The engineering consultancy was appointed by Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Borough Council to lead a study aimed at improving connectivity between the two towns.
It aims to reduce pressure on junctions 33 and 34 of the M1 to maximise the potential for growing the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID).
WSP will use transport modelling, environmental impact assessment and flood risk assessment to create a viable scheme that can be funded by the Department for Transport.
The study is also supported by Highways England, the Sheffield City Region local enterprise partnership and other local partners.
The AMID houses factories for manufacturers McLaren and Boeing, and local leaders believe it has the potential to become an international destination for industrial research. But improvingconnectivity into and around the area has been identified as a key priority in attempts to attract more companies to move there.
Sheffield City Council head of highways and transport Tom Finnegan-Smith said: “Tackling capacity problems in the area will enable the economy to achieve its full potential around the innovation corridor and throughout the Lower Don Valley between Sheffield and Rotherham.”
WSP technical director Mike Holmes said: “Current capacity issues are only set to increase as more businesses and residents locate in the area, which already suffers from a lack of good public transport links. It’s vital that we find deliverable solutions to improve connectivity by road and sustainable transport options, while anticipating the future growth of the site.”