Highlighting good news stories
The council has mostly made good use of the money available to implement Active Travel corridors. These are temporary changes that have been made to the road system to accommodate more walking and cycling, which if successful can be made permanent.
The schemes that have been implemented successfully are:-
Of course there have been some teething problems with these are being resolved. There are more exciting plans for the City Centre and the Castlegate area, with the applauded Grey to Green scheme being extended.
The next major schemes to be implemented are Neepsend-Kelham-City Centre, Nether Edge-City Centre and the Sheaf Valley Route.
Plans for the enhanced Sheaf Valley Cycle Active Travel corridor are taking shape. Following pressure from Green Party activists the council is to improve the crossing of Wolseley Road at the junction of Staveley Road. This will provide a signalised junction which will prioritise, by detection, approaching cyclists. Waiting and loading restrictions are proposed to restrict parking near to the junction. There will also be improvements to the existing traffic restrictions at Glover Road on approach to London Road. The new layout will mean cyclists can travel in any direction and waiting restrictions are proposed to prevent obstruction from parked vehicles. The changes in waiting restrictions are to facilitate a more appropriate hierarchy of road users which includes enhanced cycle facilities, a sustainable urban drainage system, improved pedestrian links and a relocated taxi rank. The traffic calming measures will slow traffic on approach to a well used cycle and pedestrian crossing and compliment the 20mph speed limit within the city centre.
Improved Train Network in Sheffield
We’ve already been promised the re-opening of the Barrow Hill line for passenger travel between Sheffield and Chesterfield, covering the east of Sheffield.
Now the Department for Transport has shortlisted Sheffield City Region’s application for funding for a new station at Waverley to serve the Advanced Manufacturing Park and the new estates in Catcliffe.
There’s a long way to go for a comprehensive train network in Sheffield, but this is a start. Thanks for your hard work, Sheffield City Region!
Dare we hope for Victoria station and the DVR line to Stocksbridge to be reopened?
Good news from airqualitynews.com on Car Sales: Diesel down 38%, Petrol down 21%, Electric up 184%, Hybrid up 55%.
Even so, there were still 72,500 more diesel and petrol sold than EV and hybrid. And where’s the really good news? They don’t give the figures on how many more people are walking or cycling!
SGP is really disappointed that the council has suspended plans to implement a Clean Air Zone because it would have obliged taxi companies to invest in electric vehicles. However, Sheffield council has secured funding for 11 electric black hackney taxis to be trialled by the city’s taxi drivers to see how they get on driving on the city’s hills. A new black cab will cost £55,000 and there won’t be many drivers forking out for one, but at least they’ll get a chance to see how good they are for everyone’s health, especially the drivers themselves. Also, City Taxis are planning to invest in a complete fleet of EVs. Read more in this Star article. Why not email them to congratulate their decision?
Sheffield City Council’s Grey to Green project
Sheffield City Council gets a lot of criticism and justifiably so! But, credit where credit’s due! Take a walk along West Bar, Bridge Street and Castlegate in town and view a SCC scheme Grey to Green that is good for wildlife, drought-resistant, flood-resistant, a pleasant place to relax for city-centre residents, re-prioritises active travel and is cheap to maintain. It looks probable that there will be a short extension to the Grey to Green on Angel Street. So, improving the public realm, active travel, and natural flood defences – all three things on which Greens have campaigned.
Sheffield’s LED street lights
The recently fitted white LED street lights have come in for some criticism. But figures recently released show that in 2013 the yellow sodium lights we used to have, caused over 17,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, whereas in 2018, the new LED lights used under 7,000 tonnes. Much better!
Great news for air quality at Sheffield Midland Station
Two train companies are fitting batteries to their trains so they won’t be pumping out diesel fumes while they’re sat at the platform. Arriva are putting them into most of their Cross Country trains and East Midland will have them in their new intercity trains and the Liverpool to Norwich line. But Northern and Transpennine Express won’t have any. Please feel free to contact them to tell them off for carrying on polluting our station.
Please contact Campaigns Coordinator Stewart Henderson to add more items to this list.