Plans for a 20mph speed limit on roads in a large area of south west Sheffield have been revealed.
Sheffield Council has launched a consultation into a new 20mph zone covering more than 80 streets in Greystones, Ecclesall, Bents Green, Parkhead and Whirlow.
Highways chiefs say the measure is needed to make the neighbourhoods safer - particularly for elderly people and children - by cutting the risk of collisions, as well as encouraging walking and cycling.
The proposed new zone stretches from streets off Rustlings Road to just beyond Whirlow Lane, including roads around High Storrs and Silverdale schools.
A part-time, advisory 20mph limit is also proposed, centred on the entrance to Bents Green School on Ringinglow Road.
Simon Geller, from the 20’s Plenty for Sheffield group, said it was ‘great news’.
“I think it will make the area safer and will encourage people to walk and cycle a bit more,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of kids coming through the area going to school. It’s a good thing all round.”
The council is pressing ahead with zones. This week plans to bring in three new 20mph limits in Stannington, Gleadless Valley and the area around Sheffield Park Academy in Arbourthorne were approved by councillors.
Mr Geller said he thought the scale of the Greystones to Whirlow zone was necessary. “As a driver myself I like consistency – you don’t want to be constantly stopping and starting. In areas that have been done already, what we have found is that it sends a clear message out, people understand it and increasingly stick to it.”
But he admitted that lowering the limit from 30mph to 20mph was difficult to enforce.
“Police are enduring cuts and don’t have the resources to be on every street corner,” Mr Geller added.
“There needs to be a community buy-in.”
A leaflet sent by the council to residents on the 83 streets within the proposed boundary says: “Lower speeds will help make neighbourhoods safer, more pleasant places for all, particularly our children and elderly.
Lower speeds reduce the severity of injuries for anyone involved in a collision, some collisions will be avoided altogether and people are more likely to feel safe when walking and cycling.”
In the past, road humps have been installed to keep speeds low, but cuts to funding means such schemes are no longer affordable, the council says.
New limits will be indicated by traffic signs and road markings only.
“Speed reductions in ‘sign-only’ 20mph areas can be small to start with but we are committed to working with the community to spread the message that lower speeds will make the area safer for residents,” the council says. “Every driver that slows down helps to make the area safer.”
Signs would be installed on the approach to Bents Green School, with lights which will flash during school times.
Motorists would also risk a £70 fine by stopping on the ‘keep clear’ markings at the school gates.
The council plans to introduce the new speed limit next spring, depending on the response to the consultation.
Call 0114 273 6208 or email 20mphAreas@sheffield.gov.uk for details.
Formal objections must be put in writing by December 11 to Transport, Traffic & Parking Services, 2-10 Carbrook Hall Road, Sheffield, S9 2DB.
Roads proposed for inclusion in the new 20mph zone:
Alms Hill Crescent
Alms Hill Drive
Alms Hill Glade
Alms Hill Road
Bents Green Avenue
Bents Green Place
Bents Green Road
Bingham Park Crescent
Bingham Park Road
Blair Athol Road
Broad Elms Close
Broad Elms Lane
Cliffe Farm Drive
Greystones Grange Crescent
Greystones Grange Road
Greystones Hall Road
High Storrs Close
High Storrs Crescent
High Storrs Drive
High Storrs Rise
High Storrs Road
Highcliffe Road (Part)
Hill Turrets Close
Marsh House Road
Moor View Terrace
Ringinglow Road (Part)
Trap Lane (Part)
Whirlow Elms Chase
Whirlow Farm Mews