RESIDENTS are being consulted over proposals to make it easier to cross the road in a Sheffield shopping district.
Two options have been drawn up for the benefit of pedestrians around the junction of Whitham Road and Fulwood Road with Crookes Road, both including a new crossing on Fulwood Road, next to the seating area.
The drawback would be vehicles having to wait longer at the traffic lights but after completing a computer simulation, Sheffield Council officials believe both options could strike a balance between helping pedestrians while having a limited effect on traffic.
The first involves banning left turns from Fulwood Road into Crookes Road, with traffic travelling to Crookes diverted up Taptonville Road, on to the narrow section of Hallamgate Road and across the bottom of Lydgate Lane to Crookes Road.
Option two would create a sliproad from Fulwood Road for traffic turning left into Crookes Road but would lead to the loss of two parking spaces from the shopping parade.
A central pedestrian island would be installed and the public seating area would be moved. Both options would include a right turn signal for traffic turning right from Whitham Road into Crookes.
Members of Broomhill Forum, an umbrella group for local community groups, have indicated a preference for the second option but final judgement is being reserved until more views are known.
A consultation event has already been held at Broomhill Methodist Church, on Fulwood Road.
Sheffield Council is extending the consultation period for the scheme until February 7 and is sending out leaflets to up to 600 further homes after complaints there had not been enough publicity or time for residents to give their views.
The council had previously set January 31 as the deadline for people to send in their comments about the changes.
To view details of the scheme, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/roads/schemes/crookes-road-crossing. Details are also available by calling Sheffield Council on 0114 2726444.
Meanwhile, Sheffield Council's Central Community Assembly, which covers Broomhill, is asking for views on how to improve the frontage of the suburb's shopping parade, on Fulwood Road.
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