New park-and-ride eases station traffic

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A PARK-and-ride facility with 130 spaces has been granted planning permission to ease parking problems around Dore and Totley rail station in Sheffield.

The council’s city centre, south and east planning board approved the development, on the site of an old garden centre next to the station, off Abbeydale Road.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive is behind the scheme, which also involves creating 30 cycle spaces and a drop-off area.

It follows concern about commuters parking on both sides of nearby streets, particularly Dore Road, restricting motorists’ and pedestrians’ views and making it difficult for larger vehicles to pass.

The plans also include a pedestrian crossing on Abbeydale Road so pedestrians can cross more easily to the station.

Dore and Totley councillor Colin Ross, who spoke at the meeting, said it could sometimes take “10 or 15 minutes” for there to be a safe-enough gap in the traffic to cross Abbeydale Road.

He added: “The park-and-ride will be a great step forward. South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has responded to local concerns and I am very supportive.”

But councillors heard that, while nobody objected to the scheme in principle, there were objections to loss of existing trees on the site.

A 100-name petition was sent to the council urging against the loss of cherry trees within the car park site and trees on the platform edge, which would ‘destroy the character of the station’.

SYPTE has agreed to retain the cherry trees and trees on the platform edge, although a line of conifers next to the Station Approach driveway will be removed and replaced with lower ‘native’ trees.

Councillors unanimously approved the scheme.

Committee chairman, Coun Alan Law, said: “The sooner this goes ahead, the better. It’s massively needed.”