Upgrades to roads and streets to begin in Sheffield city centre

Streets Ahead team installing the new LED streetlights
Streets Ahead team installing the new LED streetlights
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Dozens of streetlights and pavements are to be replaced as part of an upgrade to Sheffield city centre.

Plans to upgrade several areas including West Street, Leopold Street and West Bar have been revealed by the council as part of its Streets Ahead scheme.

Roads, pavements and streetlights are being upgraded across Sheffield as part of a 25-year maintenance contract.

Attention has now turned to the city centre, with work due to take place throughout the night to ensure as little disruption as possible to businesses, residents and shoppers.

A consultation is under way canvassing the views of businesses that are open in the evening and during the night - including theatres and hotels - and two information sessions were held in Barkers Pool last week.

Graeme Symonds, network director for Amey, said: “We’re looking forward to making upgrades to the city centre as it’s an area that will benefit all in the city and visitors too.

“Works in the city centre will begin later this month and are scheduled to mainly take place during the night to minimise disruption.

“We’re also working closely with the bus operators to make sure everything continues to run as smoothly as possible.”

Work is due to begin this month on fitting LED heads to streetlights.

Work on kerbs is planned to begin in April, pavement upgrades will start in May and road resurfacing is expected to start in June, with all of the improvements completed by August.

Coun Jayne Dunn, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for environment, recycling and Streetscene, said: “We are pleased to announce that the Streets Ahead works will soon be bringing the city centre’s roads, pavements and streetscene up to standard.”

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