Estate is testing ground for experimental signs

Jean Gleadall and Margaret Young with the new road markings on Studfield Crecent
Jean Gleadall and Margaret Young with the new road markings on Studfield Crecent
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EXPERIMENTAL road markings and signs have become a controversial talking point on a Sheffield housing estate - but could be extended to a second area.

White lines have been removed from roads on the Wisewood estate after residents requested the estate be made a 20mph zone.

At junctions, signs backed up with yellow and black crosses on the ground warn drivers that no roads have priority, rather than bearing the familiar ‘give way’ message.

Jean Gleadall, who chairs the estate’s tenants’ and residents’ association, believes motorists are confused by the new signs and markings, and has questioned the cost.

She said: “About £15,000 was spent on signs as part of the 20mph zone project, and some of those signs are these.

“But drivers do not know what to do if more than one vehicle approaches a junction from different directions at the same time - and people who were driving badly still drive badly.”

Sheffield Council said the changes have been in place for about a year, and members of the public were ‘largely happy’ with the changes during a public consultation exercise held in advance.

The authority added the scheme at Wisewood is being monitored and will be subject of a final review next year.

Similar junction signs and markings are being proposed for Shiregreen, the council revealed.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member responsible for highways, said: “We welcome any comments on the scheme as we continue to monitor it. The markings at Wisewood are advisory and there to remind drivers of the changes.

“Nobody has priority at these crossroads and the Highway Code advises that drivers should drive slowly and with care, and proceed with caution when safe to do so.

“The signs and road markings that are in place are there to remind motorists of this.

“These road markings are only experimental and the final review of the scheme is yet to take place. I have met with the tenants’ and residents’ association and fed their concerns back in to the review. Any additional comments will also be taken in to account.”