Cyclists win concessions about junction proposals

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Highways bosses have pledged to look again at plans to revamp road junctions in north Sheffield to cope with extra traffic from a new supermarket.

Representatives from campaign group Cycle Sheffield attended a meeting of Sheffield Council where the proposals for Penistone Road at Wadsley Bridge were being discussed.

Plans involve creating a new larger traffic light-controlled junction with Clay Wheels Lane to accommodate people travelling to the new Sainsbury’s store on part of the Fletchers Bakery site.

Meanwhile, the roundabout at the junction of Penistone Road, Leppings Lane and Herries Road is also to be replaced by signals.

Cycle Sheffield said junction designs left gaps in cycle paths and also made crossing the roads difficult.

In a submission to the council, Mick Nott, of Cycle Sheffield, said: “We believe the convenience of motor vehicles has been put way above that of pedestrians or cycle traffic.”

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business, skills and development, who oversees highways decisions, said: “We have offered a future meeting to look into the cyclists’ concerns and have only approved the junction changes in principle. Detailed designs have not yet been worked out.”

After the meeting, Mr Nott said: “We think our concerns are being heard.”

Matt Taylor, a fellow member of Cycle Sheffield, who lives in Hillsborough, said: “Excluding cyclists from main routes is a dangerous road to go down if you want to promote cycling. People on bikes want to go to the same destinations as drivers.”

Coun Bramall approved separate plans for a traffic light controlled junction on Manchester Road, Stocksbridge, at the entrance to the new retail park on the old steelworks site.