22 December 2015

Four schemes to improve bus service reliability and to help keep traffic flowing in Sheffield are due to begin next month.

Two of the schemes will be carried out on Spital Hill in Burngreave – one of the main arterial routes into the city centre. The first will target the junction with Savile Street, where bus stops will be moved and traffic lanes adjusted to help avoid queuing at the junction with the Wicker.

The second scheme will be introduced further up Spital Hill, close to the junction with Hallcar Street. The present bus stops will be re-located to allow space for two buses to park at the same time without blocking traffic flows.

Bus stops will also be moved or adjusted on St Michael’s Road in Ecclesfield to allow traffic to flow better when buses are parked at the stops or queuing at the Cross Hill junction. The road will be widened to retain on-street parking.

The final scheme is set to be installed on Hucklow Road in Firth Park. The road will be widened on the eastern side between the junctions with Vickers Drive and West Quadrant to allow more space for buses and other vehicles to pass one another safely. Again, on-street parking will be retained.

The Burngreave schemes are planned to begin in mid-January, with work in Ecclesfield and Firth Park due to start in February.

All these schemes will contribute to the Sheffield Bus Partnership’s aims of improving the reliability of public transport in the city and local councillors have given their full support to the improvements.

Councillor Terry Fox, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said: “We are determined to keep traffic moving across the city. We have identified locations where alterations can make a difference by improving bus journey times and the reliability of public transport.

“These schemes will help us to deal with the management of traffic hotspots that have been identified for improvement and we will continue to seek the best ways to help traffic flow through the city as smoothly as possible.”

Any enquiries about these schemes should be sent to transport@sheffield.gov.uk .

These public transport schemes are funded through project-specific funding from the Department for Transport’s Better Buses Area Fund, and have been developed jointly by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, the City Council and the bus operators.

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Notes for editors:
Sheffield Bus Partnership brings together Sheffield City Council, local bus operators First South Yorkshire, Stagecoach in Sheffield, Sheffield Community Transport and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) in a bid to improve the city’s bus offer.