Review into Sheffield street clutter

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A REVIEW has been launched into tens of thousands of signs, posts and barriers across Sheffield as part of the £2 billion Streets Ahead highways revamp.

The city has about 28,000 street signs and 18,000 items of street furniture.

Sheffield Council and contractor Amey say they aim to make signs more visible, or reduce their numbers ‘where appropriate and safe’.

Work on ‘decluttering’ will also include reviewing the city’s 12,700 street nameplates.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene, said: “As well as spoiling otherwise attractive areas of the city, cluttered roads can also be confusing for drivers and pedestrians, affecting safety.

“Many signs and road markings are not needed.

“As part of the Streets Ahead Project, Amey is undertaking works on a zonal basis.

“Prior to starting work in a zone, both Amey and council staff look for opportunities to remove street clutter.

“This includes removing redundant signs or poles, wherever possible putting signs on street lighting columns, so reducing the need for separate poles and removing any unnecessary guard rails.

“We will also be reducing the number of street lights through the introduction of new LED lights.”

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