Transport cash is halved

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SHEFFIELD Council is seeing its Government funding for road schemes halved this year from £6 million to £3 million.

But almost 40 schemes will still go ahead using the cash plus funding from Yorkshire Forward.

The biggest projects involve setting up a permit parking scheme around Hillsborough Corner, which is set to be operational this year.

There will be further consultation on a similar scheme in Upperthorpe – set to go ahead in 2012.

Safety schemes outside three schools – Handsworth Grange in Handsworth, Monteney Primary in Parson Cross and Westways Primary in Crookes, are to go ahead.

There will also be a city-wide feasibility studies on introducing 20 mph zones outside schools and residential areas, and a review of lorry routes.

A review of the Highfield Permit Parking Scheme will be held, and a cycle track built between Livesey Street and Hillsborough baths.

Funding will also pay for changes to make the current Moorhead junction layout permanent – although a bollard for the centre of the junction is set to be designed so it can be removed to relieve congestion if roads become blocked in an emergency.

The Driving Me Crazy programme – which asks members of the public for their views on highways changes – will continue.

But grants to Community Assemblies, funding local projects such as railings, footpath improvements and crossings, are being slashed by a third to £1 million.

Woodseats bus priority traffic lights will still be taken out of use but covered with bags rather than removed to save £70,000.