Pedestrianise the roundabout of death

Cars parked on Blast Lane in Sheffield where the City Council proposes to start charging motorists to park
Cars parked on Blast Lane in Sheffield where the City Council proposes to start charging motorists to park
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I came to Sheffield for the first time at the start of the year to start a new job in the technology sector. I picked up your newspaper and the headline prompted me to write in with some initial impressions.

I’m very happy to see a thriving local paper highlighting Sheffield issues.

There’s a friendly welcome, interesting heritage, and a terrific energy and buzz created by the universities with so many young people starting out in life.

Overall, there’s a good feeling that makes the city a very pleasant place to be.

It’s big enough to have plenty to do, yet small enough to walk most places.

My one negative would be that city planners seem to have been tardy in introducing the environmental improvements that competing cities have forged ahead with.

I’ve had to run across roads as motorists accelerate towards me, the air quality is poor and the speed of traffic feels too fast for a heavily populated area.

It seems strange to build a university on the roundabout of death, or force visitors to the city to cross a busy dual carriageway before they can walk from the railway station to the city centre.

To respond to the question posed by your headline: yellow lines please.

But not just yellow lines. Give us 20mph limits across the city.

Pedestrianise the roundabout of death for 100m in all directions.

Introduce filtering to stop through-traffic using side streets and more pedestrianised areas.

Convert city centre car parks into useful buildings. Make Sheffield a pleasant city to live in as well as to drive through.

The people of Sheffield deserve better.

David Vail

Aldred Road, S10