17th February 2016

Over 100 traffic signal junctions and pedestrian crossings across the city have benefitted from upgrades and innovative new technology, thanks to the Streets Ahead project.

The new traffic signals with pedestrian crossing facilities can now monitor how long it is taking for a pedestrian to cross the road and make sure that the green man displays for enough time. They can also detect whether pedestrians who have pushed the button to cross are still waiting or if they have crossed or walked away. If there are no pedestrians waiting after the button is pressed, the new technology will automatically cancel the green man demand.

Some of the major sites across Sheffield to have already undergone the transformation include Hunters Bar roundabout, which benefitted from five new pedestrian crossings, and a number of junctions along Penistone Road in conjunction with the with the road widening scheme. The Streets Ahead team also designed and installed a new pedestrian crossing on Normanton Hill, known locally as ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’.

Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “It is great to see that the Streets Ahead project is not just upgrading our roads and streetscene but is also bringing in new technologies to make our roads safer to use.”

Nick Marriott, Streets Ahead’s Operations Manager – Highway Electrical, said: “We’re really pleased that we’ve hit this target. As part of the upgrades we’re also installing intelligent technology at pedestrian crossings and signalised junctions to make it easier for people to cross roads, but also to help improve traffic flow. The implementation of this new technology is also bringing innovation to the city, which puts Sheffield up there with other major cities across the UK.”

All existing pedestrian crossings in the city will also benefit from these innovative upgrades.