14 July 2017

People are being asked for their views on imposing a new 20mph speed limit throughout Sheffield’s city centre, including the new retail quarter.

Sheffield City Council is proposing to introduce a sign-only 20mph speed limit which will include areas such as Grey To Green, the Knowledge Gateway on Paternoster Row and the Sheffield retail quarter, currently being built in the city centre.

All roads would become sign-only 20mph zones under the plans, apart from major thoroughfares such as Arundel Gate, Derek Dooley Way and Sheaf Street.

Residents and businesses are being asked to have their say about the plans as a month-long consultation process begins today (Friday 14 July).

Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Our city centre is changing rapidly and for the better – and it needs to be a place where safety and sustainable travel are actively supported and encouraged.

“Part of this means that speed limits have to be looked at – we hope as many residents as possible have their say on the plans.”

The city centre has both residential areas and commercial retail areas with significant pedestrian and cycle movements.

A 20mph speed would help make the city centre a more attractive place to visit, and enhance the regeneration of the central area.

It may also help reduce the fear of collisions and contribute towards the creation of a more pleasant, safer and accessible environment for residents, businesses and visitors.

The introduction of a 20mph speed limit in the city centre would be in keeping with the Council’s 20mph Speed Limit Strategy which aims to establish 20mph as the maximum reasonable speed in suitable residential areas of the city.

The restriction has already been introduced with great success in areas such as Darnall, Gleadless Valley, Heeley and Stannington.

Any comments can be e-mailed to 20mphAreas@sheffield.gov.uk