PLANS to widen traffic lanes at a historic Sheffield roundabout are set to be axed after hundreds of people objected.
Sheffield Council has scaled down its proposed Ecclesall Road Smart Route scheme after 500 people gave their views through a consultation scheme and another 422 signed a petition objecting to the project saying it would not relieve congestion.
One of the most controversial aspects involved modifying Hunters Bar roundabout.
That scheme is being axed because of ‘very strong levels of concern’ cited by people who praised the ‘historic and aesthetic value of the roundabout’.
The roundabout still features a gate in its centre which was once part of a centuries-old toll booth, from which the junction takes its name.
The Ecclesall Road Smart Route project aims to reduce journey times, make buses more reliable and to improve road safety along the A625 between Sheffield city centre and Bents Green, by improving bus stops and bus lanes.
Council officials asked the public what they thought of the project at 14 locations, with two public consultations.
Next Thursday, members of Sheffield Council’ cabinet highways committee are set to approve a scaled-down project, affected by public feedback and a ‘significant reduction in public sector funding’.
Highways officers say cash will not be found for all elements of the scheme, particularly in the short term.
A report to go before next week’s cabinet highways committee meeting says proposals for Hunters Bar roundabout, including altering bus lanes and the Greystones Road junction, appear to be the ‘most controversial’ due to the ‘high volume of feedback received for these areas.’
The report says: “There are conflicting views about which road users should receive priority along the Smart Route. Many respondents welcome the proposals and feel they will reduce congestion, but others feel they will be detrimental to bus users, cyclists and pedestrians.”
Other proposals involve yellow lines opposite Greystones Road; trialling a dedicated right turn lane into Ringinglow Road from Ecclesall Road South and painting double yellow lines on Gisborne Road.
Up to 26,000 vehicles use Ecclesall Road every day and around 4,250 trips are made in the morning rush hour, about 3,100 by car and 1,150 by bus.
Ecclesall Road between Summerfield Street and Hunters Bar is among the ten worst for accidents in South Yorkshire.