Sheffield group calls for more congestion action

Traffic queueing on Penistone Road in Sheffield
Traffic queueing on Penistone Road in Sheffield
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A key Sheffield business group has responded to research which showed the city is the eighth worst in the country for congestion.

New figures released by satellite navigation giant TomTom this week suggested average journeys were 26 per cent longer than in free-flowing conditions and tailbacks increased from 2012.

But Sheffield Council revealed it has a five-year plan to give Sheffield ‘some of the best roads in Europe’ and said it was two years into the programme.

Chairman of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce’s Transport Forum and Champion Hire said: “The report indicating the appalling congestion facing the city, and the health impact from poor air quality caused by it, should be a motivator to the council and the Highways Agency to resolve the traffic congestion hot-spots.

“Netherthorpe, Brook Hill, West Bar, Bramall Lane - and of course the Parkway – are all prime examples, to name a few.

“Additionally, the self-imposed narrowing of roads to accommodate the new style of build-out bus stops won’t help matters.

“While accepting of the limited finances available, the Chamber is still concerned not enough is being done to improve traffic flows, and urges the council, Highways Agency and the Local Enterprise Partnership to work more closely to get schemes in place to improve the situation.”