Call for Sheffield Council to fix 'broken' road network

Hundreds of Sheffield residents have urged the council to review a 'broken' road system and force developers to pay for improvements.

Wednesday, 15th March 2017, 8:51 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:04 am
Oughtibridge residents gather to call on Sheffield Council to improve road safety in the area.

People living in Oughtibridge say they are increasingly concerned about the number of cars passing through their neighbourhood.

They are particularly worried about the junction between Jawbone Hill and the A6102, where they report 'almost daily' near misses and shunts.

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With more housing planned in the area, residents say the problem is only going to get worse.

Terry Barrow, of Station Lane, decided to set up a petition calling on Sheffield Council to carry out a full review of the traffic system in the village.

She also asked for any developer granted permission to build above the railway line in Jawbone Hill to be forced to pay for a new foot and cycle bridge.

And she urged councillors and officers to visit the site and see the problem for themselves.

The problem junction at the A6102 and Jawbone Hill.

Terry, 53, presented the petition with 685 signatures to this month's full council meeting.

She said: "In the four weeks since starting this petition there have been three serious accidents - two involving cyclists and one motorbike. All three riders required hospital treatment.

"So the traffic system in the village is broken and the number of reported accidents is now significant, let alone non-reportable ones.

"This can only get worse as more and more vehicle movements are added as developments come on stream."

Terry Barrow, with her grandson Hugo Wilson and daughter Victoria Barrow.

Mrs Barrow said residents knew the problems but 'aren't the experts'.

She added: "I hope that even given the budget constraints you are facing you will accommodate these requests.

"They’re requests for reviews and and consideration, not demands for major infrastructure works."

The council's cabinet member for transport Mazher Iqbal said he would be happy to visit the site. But since the meeting, Terry said there had been another accident, making the visit all the more urgent.

The problem junction at the A6102 and Jawbone Hill.

She was joined by about 60 people for a photo at the blackspot junction this week.

Terry Barrow, with her grandson Hugo Wilson and daughter Victoria Barrow.