19th August 2015

Sheffield has seen upgrades to miles of its roads and pavements over the last three years, thanks to the Streets Ahead project.

In the first three years of the project, Streets Ahead has resurfaced over 350 miles of road and over 600 miles of pavement – more than enough to stretch from Sheffield to Madrid – and replaced over 32,000 old street lights with new energy efficient LED lighting.

In addition, the Streets Ahead team has also made improvements to 200 bridges and other structures and delivered on-going maintenance, which includes the emptying of over 3,000 bins each week, gritting during winter and keeping roadside drains clear.

Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The Streets Ahead project is a fantastic project for the city and its residents. Once we have completed the first five years of the project and the important upgrade works then we will go from having some of the worst roads to having some of the best in Europe.

“I will be the first to admit that the last few years have not all been plain sailing and we have hit some stumbling blocks. However, we have overcome many of the issues we experienced in the early years and many of the residents of Sheffield are starting to see the massive benefits a project of this scale and scope is bringing to our city.

“Happy 3rd Birthday Streets Ahead!”

Rob Allen, Streets Ahead Business Director at Amey, added: “We’re now more than half way through the first five years of the project, where the roads and pavements are resurfaced and street lights replaced, and we’re exactly where we hoped we would be at this point in the programme.

“The project was launched on the 20th August 2012 with the intention of bringing the city’s roads up to standard by the end of 2017 and includes busy main routes as well as quieter residential roads.

“This is a very big project and the statistics of achievements to date indicate this. Inevitably there will be some disruption for residents and road users due to the sheer scale of the work we’re doing, but we do our best to keep disruption to a minimum and thank everyone for their patience whilst the work is being carried out.

“We are pleased that residents and visitors to the city are now starting to enjoy the benefits of having smoother roads and pavements as well as better street lighting.”

Key achievements in the first three years of Streets Ahead include:

  • Resurfaced roads: over 350 miles
  • Resurfaced pavements: over 600 miles
  • Number of reported potholes repaired: over 121,000
  • New LED street lights installed: over 32,000
  • 200 structures repaired, strengthened and restored
  • Street cleaning: Over 3,000 bins are emptied every week, 500-600 tonnes of litter is collected every month and street cleaning teams have responded to over 16,600 reports of fly tipping
  • Grass cutting: More than 35 million square metres of grass verges have been cut
  • Replaced over 1850 drains and completed over 79 new drainage improvement schemes. We annually clean between 60,000 and 70,000 gullies
  • Replanted over 2,000 new trees

More information on Streets Ahead works is available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead or twitter @sccstreetsahead.