11 August 2014

Local people are being invited to have their say on a scheme to reduce traffic speeds in a residential area of Sheffield.

A 20 mph speed limit is proposed in the Darnall area along Staniforth Road between Station Road and Ouse Road and on the nearby side roads.

The lower speeds are aimed at making local neighbourhoods safer and more pleasant places for all, particularly children and the elderly.

It has been shown that lower speeds reduce the severity of injuries for anyone involved in a collision and some collisions could be avoided altogether.  People are also more likely to feel safer when walking and cycling in the area.

The speed reduction area will be shown by 20 mph signs as vehicles enter the area and small signs will be fixed to lamp posts to remind drivers of the new limit.  But it is hoped that the local community will also spread the message that lower speeds will make it safer for everyone.

Local councillor and the Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, Mazher Iqbal said: “Many local people have asked my fellow ward councillors and I to take action to improve road safety in Darnall.

“We believe this 20 mph area will can help in this, but it also needs residents to spread the word and encourage their neighbours to keep within the speed limits and to respect the safety of others.”

Most pupils walk to school and, of those parents who drive their children to school, most do respect the safety of others and park responsibly. But despite many appeals and warnings, a few continue to stop on the `School Keep Clear’ markings at the school gates.

Motorists are being reminded that they risk a £70 fine if they do park on zig-zag lines – even for a short time.

It is hoped to introduce the new speed limit by the end of March 2015, but this will depend on the responses received during the consultation period.

Anyone with questions or comments on the proposed scheme should contact: Simon Nelson on 0114 273 6176 or email: simon.nelson@sheffield.gov.uk.  Alternatively write to Transport, Traffic; Parking Services, 2-10 Carbrook Hall Road, Sheffield S9 2DB by 12 September 2014.

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