Millions will improve city roads

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FUNDING worth £3.2 million will be allocated for a series of transport projects in Sheffield over the coming year.

At a meeting today, Sheffield Council’s cabinet highways committee is to rubber-stamp proposals to spend:

n £600,000 on road safety schemes;

n £280,000 on new 20mph zones;

n £780,000 on improvements for pedestrians and cyclists;

n £830,000 on general traffic management;

n and £340,000 for public transport projects.

A further £370,000 would be available for developing future projects.

Other ideas being supported include a scheme to allow cars with more than one occupant to use bus lanes.

Opposition Lib Dem councillors have criticised the cut in the amount of funding which will be allocated to community assemblies.

When first established, the seven assemblies had £275,000 each year for transport but will have just £40,000 in the current financial year - money assemblies are being asked to allocate for the 20mph zones.

Coun Ian Auckland, Lib Dem shadow cabinet member for transport, said: “No-one knows their roads and streets better than locals.

“News that Labour, which is spending £2 million on posh Town Hall meeting rooms, are slashing funding for local projects will come as disappointment to residents.”

Ruling Labour councillors blamed the reduced funding available to spend on Government cuts.