The Sheffield road where neighbours fear someone will be killed by speeding drivers

Residents on a busy Sheffield road are protesting after Sheffield District Council have spent thousands on resurfacing the road – but turned down their request for traffic calming measures.

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 1:23 pm

Protesters say it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed by traffic speeding down Newman Road, Wincobank.

A petition of 80 signatures calling for traffic calming measures on Newman Road S9 was turned down by the authority on the grounds of cost in 2017.

Since then there have been two serious accidents, in the area, one fatal .

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Newman Road. Picture Scott Merrylees

This week residents were angry to see workers from Amey busy resurfacing the road.

A resident who is partially sighted and did not want to be identified said: “They have shut the road totally for two days – wouldn’t that have been an ideal occasion to fit a speed bump?

“They can resurface the road to allow cars to go faster costing tens of thousands but not a speed bump to slow them down."

“Something needs to be done urgently before someone else has a road accident. It is such a dangerous and busy road with no speed restrictions and no safe crossings for children and pedestrians.

“It seems like the lives of Wincobank children don’t matter.”

She is calling for traffic calming measures towards the top of the road and a reduction in the speed limit to 20mph.

Residents say cars, lorries and motorbike speed down the road towards the motorway past Wincobank School and have to slam their brakes. They are also calling for a pelican crossing on the corner of Jenkin Road and Newman Road to be moved as drivers can’t see it until the last minute.

In a letter responding to the 2017 petition, Coun Jack Scott, then cabinet member for transport and sustainability said: “The council is facing difficult financial times at present and the budget for highway works such as you have requested is extremely limited. physical traffic calming measures such as speed humps have proved effective at controlling speeds and reducing accidents but are extremely expensive."

“The letter added; "The limitations on our resources mean that we have to asses and prioritise locations for measures according to certain criteria.”

We have asked Sheffield District Council to comment on the residents’ concerns.