Major changes to roads in Sheffield city centre have been agreed as part of a scheme to create a ‘world class’ university campus.
Leavygreave Road will be pedestrianised, a slip lane from Glossop Road to Upper Hanover Street is to be shut to give buses priority on Glossop Road, bus services 52 and 95 will be diverted and new improved crossings will be put in place on Western Bank and Upper Hanover Way as part of the £8m scheme.
Other sections of road will be made one way.
The project aims to better connect parts of The University of Sheffield’s campus and make it greener as it expands in the future.
A meeting of the council’s cabinet highways committee on Tuesday agreed a report into consultation on the highways proposals.
Several detailed aspects of the scheme were changed to address concerns raised by various parties.
Coun Leigh Bramall, deputy council leader and cabinet member for development, said the scheme had been an ‘absolute minefield’ for council officers to navigate due to its complexity.
But he said it was about the ‘bigger picture’, adding: “This is going to help us create a world class university campus and that is crucial to the future of the city - we will also get world class public realm in the city centre.”
At the meeting a representative for Sainsbury’s, which has a store on Upper Hanover Street, raised concerns about how their deliveries would be affected by the closure of the slip lane as Hounsfield Road was too steep to use for that purpose.
Officers will look into the concerns.
Steve Hamilton, manager of Sheffield’s Royal Society for the Blind on Mappin Street, sought assurances that alternative spaces for minibuses which transport elderly blind people to the centre would be provided as part of Mappin Street is made one way. A lay-by on Pitt Street is to be extended to accommodate the buses.
Concerns were also raised about delivery lorry access to Pitt Street and Charlotte Lane, which Mr Hamilton said led to bollards being demolished on a ‘regular basis.’
And it was pledged that concerns about pedestrians taking ‘shortcuts’ instead of using crossings near Sheffield Children’s Hospital would be looked at, with the idea of more signage mooted.