Bid to improve bus times on busy Sheffield roads

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Plans to improve journey times on busy Sheffield city centre roads used by up to 48 buses every hour have been put forward by the council.

The Bridgehouses scheme, which affects the inner relief road near Kelham Island, would create a new inbound bus lane for access to Nursery Street along with other measures.

A report prepared for Sheffield Council’s highways cabinet said: “It aims to make bus journeys quicker and more reliable through infrastructure improvements, improving network management and enforceability at critical locations.

“This scheme should improve journey time and reliability without any detriment to other users.”

The report says buses are frequently delayed as they have to encounter three sets of traffic lights with no priority and must use the right turn lane on the roundabout to access Nursery Street.

A new central bus lane will aim to change that for the 24 buses that pass every hour in both directions on weekdays.

Motorists would no longer be able to turn right from Pitsmoor Road into Mowbray Street - something described as the main disadvantage of the scheme, which is part of the Better Buses programme, run by the Sheffield Bus Partnership.

Parking will no longer be permitted on Pitsmoor Road, between Mowbray Street and Shipton Street.

Cycle Sheffield has objected to some of the changes including the removal of the inbound cycle lane on Pitsmoor Road.

The scheme is recommended for approval next Friday.