Jobs boost from Sheffield roads plan

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MORE than 200 new jobs are set to be created as part of Sheffield’s £2 billion Streets Ahead project.

Local firms are being lined up to supply the lampposts and litter bins which will make up the city’s new street furniture. And a new rail terminal is to be built in Tinsley as the distribution base for the stone, gravel and tar and hardcore which will be needed to renew roads and pavements.

The city’s new-look streets will also feature high-tech additions - including 2,500 ‘intelligent’ litter bins which ‘talk’ when they are full, and bright LED lampposts which will help fight crime.

Steve Robinson, from Sheffield Council, said: “Streets Ahead will be good news for the economy, bringing extra work for supply firms, which could create more than 200 jobs.”

SHEFFIELD’S £2 billion Streets Ahead project is set to deliver an added boost for the city’s economy - with more than200 new jobs predicted in supply companies.

Contractor Amey and Sheffield Council bosses are committed to using local firms for the scheme to renew roads and pavements.

The 200 jobs are on top of 170 extra posts created through the highways work itself.

Local firms are being lined up to supply lampposts and street furntiture.

Aggregate Industries, based in the Lower Don Valley, has been signed up to build and run a rail terminal at the Europa Link business park, Tinsley Park.

The facility will receive deliveries of stone for road resurfacing and recycle aggregates as existing surfaces are dug up.

Details have also been revealed of how the project will make use of new technology, with litter bins which ‘talk’ when they are full and lampposts that help fight crime.

About 2,500 ‘intelligent’ bins will be installed which let officials know when they are full and need emptying.

And LED streetlights will deter ‘acquisitive crime’ such as burglary and car thefts by making roads brighter at night and helping to make CCTV footage clearer.

Steve Robinson, of the council, said: “Streets Ahead will be good news for the economy, bringing extra work for supply firms, which could create more than 200 jobs.

“We will be replacing 18,000 pieces of street furniture, 2,500 of which are litter bins.

“The new bins will have technology meaning they will send an alert to a control room once full.”

EFFORTS to keep Sheffield’s roads clear from snow and ice are also at the forefront of the Streets Ahead project.

Mike Notman, of contractor Amey, said a second ‘grit barn’ building has been constructed, as well as the main one at the Olive Grove maintenance depot and a third will also be created, giving a capacity to store 25,000 tonnes of grit.

Sheffield’s average use has been 10,000 tonnes each winter.

Amey has taken responsibility for gritting roads and keeping Sheffield’s 2,000 grit bins topped up.

The firm is in charge of cutting verges and street cleaning under the contract.

Graeme Symonds, of Amey, said: “We have a lot of work to do, but are sure, once people see the end result, they will agree any disruption has been worth it.”