Extensive cycle path plan to connect Sheffield suburbs and the city centre

Plans for an extensive network of cycle paths connecting Nether Edge, Sharrow and the city centre have been revealed and opened for public consultation today (March 23).

By Lloyd Bent
Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 10:42 am

The proposals are part of the ongoing Connecting Sheffield scheme, which has also seen plans for a Dutch style roundabout and cycle paths on West Bar, and cycle paths around Meadowhall.

The proposed cycle route will run from Wostenholm Road in Nether Edge right into the heart of the city centre via Washington Road and Cemetary Road, where it will connect, via the existing cycle network, into the new cycle paths proposed in the city centre plans.

It will also, in a future phase, include a spur up Hanover Street through Broomhall, connecting into the University of Sheffield, the Children’s Hospital and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

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The proposed cycle lane will run along Wolstemholm Road.

Building this cycle route would require a number of trees and other planting to be removed and replaced. The council has confirmed that any trees lost would be replaced with specimens of a similar or higher standard.

A spokesperson added: “Once the project is complete, there would be a net increase in the number and quality of trees and other planting in the area.”

Some parking spaces would also be removed on Wostenholm Road to provide the space for this infrastructure to be delivered.

The entrance to St Mary's Gate will become more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians.

Under these proposals, the junction of St Mary’s Gate and London Road would also be transformed to provide a more direct route for cycling and walking into the city centre.

The current subway would be removed and replaced by controlled surface level crossings for both pedestrians and cyclists. These crossings would give priority to cyclists, allowing them to cross the entire junction without having to stop.

Cyclists approaching St Mary’s Gate from Cemetery Road would be able to do so via a new two-way cycle track which will link into the new crossing.

A council spokesperon added: “A key aim of this scheme is to create a greener and less polluted environment along the entire route of the proposals.

“Sheffield City Council intends to work with people living in these areas to examine the types of green spaces that residents and businesses would like to see introduced.”

You can see the full details of the plan here and submit your comments.