Plan to remove Charter Square roundabout in Sheffield revealed

The former Grosvenor House Hotel, viewed from the middle of Charter Square, Sheffield City Centre.
The former Grosvenor House Hotel, viewed from the middle of Charter Square, Sheffield City Centre.
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One of the few remaining roundabouts in Sheffield city centre could be removed and turned into a pedestrian zone.

The city council wants to get rid of the Charter Square roundabout as part of ongoing highways improvements, taking away the road link between Charter Row and Wellington Street.

A consultation on the proposed changes closed on July 15. According to the council website, a decision on whether or not to go ahead or make further changes will be take in August. If no changes are needed, work could begin as soon as September.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for transport, said: “This development will improve crossing and access opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists in and around Charter Square. It is also intended to improve the environment ahead of the completion of a new cinema and restaurants on the Moor which will have an entrance on to Charter Square.

“The improvements will also create the appropriate environment for developments further down Charter Row at the Stokes Tiles site”.

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If the proposals are approved, the dual carriageway in Charter Row and Furnival Gate would be replaced with a two-way single carriageway, running between Rockingham Street and Pinstone Street.

The remaining area would be pedestrianised, and would likely include two new cafes or restaurants as part of the retail quarter development. New shops would face onto the pedestrianised area.

A new two-way cycle lane would be put on the south side of Charter Row and Furnival Gate, between Rockingham Street and Pinstone Street, with a link to Wellington Street.

The bus stop currently in Charter Row, at the back of Debenhams, would be moved to Furnival Gate.

Full details of the proposals, including diagrams of traffic flow, can be seen at www.sheffield.gov.uk.

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