Council to spend £2,000 on Sheffield road to improve bus punctuality

Sheffield Council are to spend over 2,000 on new road markings to help buses bypass traffic congestion at peak times on Mansfield Road in Intake

Sheffield Council are to spend over 2,000 on new road markings to help buses bypass traffic congestion at peak times on Mansfield Road in Intake

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Work has been agreed to alter a Sheffield road to ease traffic congestion during peak times.

Sheffield Council is set to spend £2,070 on new road markings that would allow buses to easier bypass heavy traffic building up on Mansfield Road in Intake.

Sheffield Council are to spend over 2,000 on new road markings to help buses bypass traffic congestion at peak times on Mansfield Road in Intake

Sheffield Council are to spend over 2,000 on new road markings to help buses bypass traffic congestion at peak times on Mansfield Road in Intake

At present, council officers highlighted buses are having difficulty accessing the bus lane due to the large volumes of cars at peak times.

The carriageway is separated into two lanes but turns into one for cars as the bus lane comes into operation.

Council officers say cars merging into the single lane are making it difficult for buses accessing the bus lane during busy times.

The report said: "It is proposed to alter the lane markings slightly to formalise the current situation and ensure that buses can, at peak times, bypass the queue. The existing centre line will be moved across, allowing two westbound lanes to be provided for a short distance between the Embassy, adjacent to Bagshaw’s Road and Foxwood Road.

"This will allow buses to reach the bus lane more easily at peak times when traffic is queueing, crucially without any impact on other traffic or parking.

"The scheme will help to improve westbound public transport flows along this heavily trafficked road, and should lead to an improvement in journey times. The scheme is funded by the Bus Hotspots programme and will help improve the reliability of high frequency bus services at this location."

Traffic surveys carried out in June show over the 100m length of the proposed changes, buses frequently take in excess of one minute to reach the bus lane. Should the scheme be implemented and the nearside lane clear, the report said buses would be able to cover that distance in less 20 seconds.

The council said the plans were vital as many bus services use Mansfield Road to access the city centre and Sheffield hospitals.

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