Residents have made a plea to council bosses for action to tackle the volume of traffic and ban lorries on country lanes in Sheffield’s Mayfield Valley ‘before someone is killed’.
They presented a petition signed by 1,200 people to a full meeting of Sheffield Council.
They revealed traffic counts showed hundreds of drivers an hour are cutting through narrow roads between Fulwood, Ecclesall and Ringinglow – routes also used by walkers, horse riders and joggers.
Joan Newton, president of Mayfield Women’s Institute, who lives on Hangram Lane, one of the roads affected along with Wood Cliffe and Cottage Lane, handed the petition to councillors.
She said: “The Mayfield Valley used to be a haven of peace and tranquility for city-dwellers but with an ever-increasing numbers of cars this is no longer the case.
“Traffic counts carried out on a weekday along the lanes reveal that between 8am and 9am, there were 116 vehicles, 148 vehicles between 1pm and 2pm, and 230 vehicles between 4pm and 5pm.
“These narrow, country lanes are totally unsuitable for the volume of traffic – they are used by horse riders, joggers, cyclists and walkers, have sharp bends and high hedges.
“We want changes including a speed limit and a total ban on heavy goods vehicles.
“It is only a matter of time before a fatal accident.”
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “The fact that there are 1,200 signatures indicates there are major concerns.”
He pledged to consider the issues raised and examine what action the council could take.
Coun Bramall was also handed a 120-signature petition for an HGV ban on Abbey Lane, which has been used by lorries since restrictions were implemented on routes through Holmesfield and Bocking Lane, at Greenhill.
He said: “I’m conscious of the fact that if you take action in one area, it causes problems elsewhere.”
He added: “With concerns about lorries on Abbey Lane and at Mayfield Valley, we may need to reconsider which routes HGVs can use around the entire city.”