PICTURES: Sheffield man unveils 'moving walkway in the sky' dream to ease strain on commuters

Mr Hargate's Fastway would connect the city centre with the railway station. (Photo: Richard Hargate).
Mr Hargate's Fastway would connect the city centre with the railway station. (Photo: Richard Hargate).
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A space age elevated moving walkway stretching from the railway station to the city centre has been unveiled by a Sheffield man to ease transport issues for commuters.

Local resident Richard Hargate has dreamed up the visionary plan which he says would keep Sheffield on the move - and has supplied pictures of how he believes his red and white "Fastway" would zoom through the city.

The red and white tubeway would zoom across the Interchange - but would its colour scheme upset Owls fans? (Photo: Richard Hargate).

The red and white tubeway would zoom across the Interchange - but would its colour scheme upset Owls fans? (Photo: Richard Hargate).

He said: "The idea is to connect the main transport systems to the city centre by means of an elevated moving walkway.

"The moving walkway would be situated beside the tram stop behind the railway station. It would then pass over the railway lines to the bus station then between the

Sheffield Hallam University and Adsetts Library building, under Arundel Gate and then coming out next to the main Sheffield Library on Surrey Street."

It is thought the plan would be similar to the moving walkways used in airports to transport passengers around and help take the strain off commuters' weary legs on Sheffield's famous hills.

The space age elevated moving walkway is designed to transport passengers around the city. (Photo: Richard Hargate).

The space age elevated moving walkway is designed to transport passengers around the city. (Photo: Richard Hargate).

In an email, Mr Hargate says his Fastway system would connect the Supertram, railway station and bus station.

He added: "The main Sheffield shopping centre is situated about 80 feet higher than the railway and bus stations."

He said that costs for the project could be shared between Sheffield City Council and the rail and bus transport networks with the cost of upkeep paid for "by selling advertising space inside and outside the structure."

Mr Hargate concluded: "This is my 2020 vision of Sheffield city - keeping on the move and I believe this would attract more visitors to our city."

The so-called Fastway would come out on Surrey Street. (Photo: Richard Hargate).

The so-called Fastway would come out on Surrey Street. (Photo: Richard Hargate).

It is not thought Sheffield City Council is aware of the proposals and no such plans have been put forward by civic chiefs.

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