Further consultation on plan to cut jams on one of Sheffield’s busiest roads

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A FURTHER round of public consultation is taking place about planned measures to relieve traffic congestion on one of Sheffield’s busiest roads.

Changes to bus lanes, road layouts, parking and signals are lined up for Ecclesall Road and Ecclesall Road South, between the Moore Street roundabout at the city centre end and Abbey Lane at Parkhead.

The latest proposals include options such as shortening the Hunters Bar roundabout so both lanes can be used more efficiently, with better markings on the approach. At the same time there is a commitment to protecting the historical importance of the roundabout and bar in the middle.

Wes Hedge, of Ecclesall Forum, said: “Generally, the plans are OK but there are a couple of issues. We would like to see the plans include restoration of a direct bus service from Bents Green to Parkhead. They are also planning to build a new glass and steel bus shelter next to the road, in front of the current stone shelter at the old bus terminus on Ecclesall Road South, as drivers cannot see passengers waiting.

“Rather than spending the money, they would be better instructing bus drivers to slow down and look if there is anyone waiting and have a real-time information screen there for passengers, so they know a bus is coming and look out for it.”

Consultation is taking place until the end of April. Residents have been sent leaflets and feedback forms.

There is also a drop-in session on Wednesday March 30, at the Polish Catholic Centre, Ecclesall Road, from 2.30pm until 7pm.

Otherwise, call 0845 3030343 or visit www.smartroutes.co.uk/ecclesallroad to give your views.

THE PROPOSALS:

Remove outbound bus lane between Hunters Bar and Rustlings Road.

Remove bus lane on inbound approach to Hunters Bar.

Improve and move pedestrian crossings.

Remove parking opposite Greystones Road, providing right turning lane from Ecclesall Road South.

Improve traffic signal co-ordination.