Sheffield University’s 10-year blueprint

University Arts Tower - with the car park removed
University Arts Tower - with the car park removed
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Plans to make one of the busiest roads in the city one way only have been revealed as part of a 10-year blueprint drawn up by Sheffield University.

The proposals would see traffic only running uphill along Western Bank, from the Brook Hill roundabout to the Children’s Hospital.

An artist's impression of how the University of Sheffield's proposals would look

An artist's impression of how the University of Sheffield's proposals would look

Vehicles coming down from Broomhill would be redirected down Clarkson Street alongside the hospital and then onto Glossop Road, towards the junction with the inner ring road.

The changes are part of a raft of proposals which would see the 52, 51 and 95 bus routes altered, with Leavygreave Road and part of Portobello Street pedestrianised.

Traffic would also be barred from Hounsfield Road and Flavell Road while Victoria Street, Gell Street and Regent Terrace would become culs-de-sac with access only.

The university says the aim is to create a unified, sustainable and green campus which will be linked more closely with the city centre.

An artist's impression of how the University of Sheffield's proposals would look

An artist's impression of how the University of Sheffield's proposals would look

Higher priority will be given to pedestrians and cyclists, with the car park in front of the Arts Tower replaced by a landscaped area with trees, a water feature and a lawn.

The public will be invited to have their say at four consultation events beginning at the end of the month, but the masterplan already has the backing of the city council.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “The masterplan reflects the council’s vision for an attractive, well-connected and walkable city which is easy to get around using all modes of transport.

“We know that local people have strong views about how they want their city to be developed, and this is their chance to shape the Sheffield of the future.”

The blueprint also includes a series of major building projects, including the construction of a new ultra-modern sports complex on Northumberland Road, which will replace the ageing Goodwin Centre.

A science block is planned near Hounsfield Road, and a new social sciences building will bring many subject areas under one roof for the first time, also on Northumberland Road.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “Developing an estate which allows us to provide world-class teaching and learning facilities for our students and staff is certainly a major priority.

“But so too is the desire to be firmly part of our city and to create a safe and welcoming environment which encourages people from all walks of life to see it as their university.

“We’ll invest in transport and travel networks so that everyone using our campus can enjoy a better, safer and healthier experience.”

Most of the changes will need to go through separate public consultations and planning procedures before they get the go ahead.

The university says the Western Bank one way system will be researched in detail by specialist transport planners and will only be implemented if the overall impact is beneficial.

But it says early indications suggest that the plan could have a positive impact on easing problems at the busy Brook Hill roundabout.

* Consultation events:

* Monday, September 29, on the University Concourse, from 10am till 4pm.

* Thursday, October 2, at the Jessop West Exhibition Space, from 10am till 5pm

* Friday, October 3, at the Winter Garden, Sheffield city centre, 12noon till 7pm

* Saturday, October 4, at the Winter Garden, Sheffield city centre, 10am till 4pm.