Land sale for new bus lane on busy Sheffield road set to be agreed

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Plans to create a new bus land on one of Sheffield’s busiest roads are set to progress as a land sale is due to be approved.

An inbound peak hour bus lane on Chesterfield Road currently ends at Heeley Retail Park, and traffic must merge into a single lane before the bus lane resumes close to Saxon Road.

Sheffield Council and transport authorities want to widen Chesterfield Road and create two continuous inbound lanes, one for peak hour buses and another for general traffic.

Bosses say the reason people do not use public transport more is because it is unreliable and this will improve that.

Reports to the council’s cabinet next Wednesday recommend that the go ahead is given to purchase land needed for the new section of bus lane.

They say that Chesterfield Road carries, on average, one bus every two minutes and ‘with predicted savings of over 1.5 minutes per bus this offers substantial benefits for bus users and other road users.’

The cost of the entire works is to be £582,000. Work could start next March and will take a year.

Coun Terry Fox, the council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “The Chesterfield Road scheme will provide a faster, more reliable bus service for everyone and a really competitive public transport option.

“The additional highway capacity through this busy section of the network will reduce congestion and delays, improve conditions for inward investment and contribute to reducing vehicle emissions.

“Businesses on and around Chesterfield Road often suffer because of local traffic congestion.

“This scheme will help to improve access to local businesses and encourage economic growth by improving journey times along this important bus corridor.”