Markings should slow motorists

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TRAFFIC calming measures are set to be approved for a Sheffield suburb after a petition from residents more than a year ago.

People living on Firth Park Avenue, Firth Park, signed a 36-name petition in late 2010 calling for a traffic calming sign, a 20mph speed limit or speed humps.

Sheffield Council carried out a survey and found 85 per cent of drivers were travelling just over the 30mph speed limit. There had been two reported accidents on the street which caused minor injuries in the last five years.

There were also two accidents at junctions at either end.

Council officers said road humps would be inappropriate due to vibration to houses, noise and nuisance, but measures such as narrowing the carriageway, coloured markings and line markings could be installed.

Sheffield Council’s North East Community Assembly is recommended to put the scheme on a list for future funding at a meeting on Wednesday, at Shirecliffe Community Centre, Shirecliffe Road, from 6pm.

During the meeting, councillors are also recommended to approve creating a ‘rapid response’ fund to help urgent community projects over the coming months, using £28,000 not yet spent from the assembly budget.

n A new morning journey for bus passengers on their way to Barnsley Hospital is to be introduced by Stagecoach Yorkshire.

The service will leave Barnsley Interchange at 8am on the 95 Barnsley-Darton-Kexbrough service. It will return from Gawber to Barnsley Interchange at 8.15am as the service 93.

The new journey begins from this Saturday, January 28.