Suggested changes to proposed Sheffield bus scheme

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Changes could be made to a planned bus scheme after Sheffield residents voiced fears trees would have to be axed to make way for the project.

The £2 million Gleadless Key Bus Route aims to improve infrastructure, bus journey times, service reliability and congestion.

But residents raised concerns last year after it emerged trees at the junction of Blackstock Road and Gleadless Road, in Gleadless Valley, would have to be removed to widen the carriageway.

The scheme, along with another for Heeley, was deferred for a revision to try to reduce the effect on the environment.

A report to councillors next week says recommendations to reduce the negative impact will be ‘investigated and adopted where practicable and beneficial’.

Surveys suggest works should be carried out so as to minimise damage to other trees , the bus lane could be redesigned to minimise land used and trees removed should be replaced.

Changes in grass cutting management, installing bird and bat boxes in some trees and leaving felled wood on site as habitats for insects are also recommended.

The ecological appraisal said: “Care should be exercised to minimise damage to the orchard trees and any other specimens next to the route of the proposed bus lane.

“Enhancements should be made where possible and these could include sensitive and appropriate planting of native British species, bird and bat boxes and using felled wood to create deadwood habitat.”