Bus gate hours to be reduced

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HOURS are to be reduced at a Sheffield bus gate by the end of the year.

Sheffield Council’s East Community Assembly has approved the plans to downgrade the restrictions on Duke Street, for city-bound traffic approaching Park Square roundabout.

Some £28,000 has been allocated, which will pay for variable message signs to be installed on the road, giving notice of when the bus gate is in operation.

The new hours of the bus gate are to be 7am to 7pm.

Highways boss John Bann said in a report to the East Community Assembly: “The plan is to implement reduced hours of operation of the bus gate from all day to 12 hours.

“This has been requested for some time by local councillors.

“The aim is to open the area for general traffic during the evening. The impact of the change will be monitored.”

Duke Street is a route into the city centre for some buses from Manor Top - but most turn off and use Granville Road.

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said: “Now the decision has been made, the work is to be carried out in the current financial year and likely to be completed by Christmas.”

The same community assembly has approved a feasibility study into traffic calming on East Bank Road, at Arbourthorne, to reduce accidents near Springs Academy.

Proposals under consideration include a zebra crossing and kerb build-outs. The predicted cost varies from £55,000 to £92,000.