Sheffield residents calling for pedestrian crossing amid fears of fatal accident

More than 160 people have signed a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing amid fears there will be a fatal accident.

By Lucy Ashton, Local Democracy Reporter
Friday, 28th May 2021, 9:12 am

Dozens of people want a crossing on Psalter Lane near Osborne Road and Brincliffe Gardens to make it easier for pedestrians around Sharrow, Brincliffe and Nether Edge.

They say Sheffield City Region Active Travel aims to encourage more children to walk, cycle or scooter to school but this is only realistic and feasible if pedestrian routes are made safer and shorter.

Helen Brown, who started the petition, said: “Accidents involving pedestrians crossing this busy stretch of Psalter Lane have happened and a fatality is only a matter of time.

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The site of the proposed crossing.

“There is only a single existing pedestrian crossing on Psalter Lane between Sharrow Lane and Banner Cross.

“This is inadequate for the changing demographics of an area where many new family homes are being constructed.

“Many children and their families cross Psalter Lane on this busy and dangerous section of road, in order to attend schools, amenities, nurseries and play areas.

“On the one-mile stretch of Psalter Lane between the Sharrow Lane roundabout and Banner Cross, there is a single pedestrian crossing at Junction Road junction that is already congested, especially during rush hours and school drop off and pick up times.

“It’s also a 500m diversion for pedestrians coming from Osborne, Brincliffe Gardens, Hunter House, Stetton Gardens and Roach roads.

“The diversion to the crossing is a significant distance for those on foot, especially for children and disabled residents.

“People therefore cross this busy section of Psalter Lane opportunistically on a regular basis. An accident involving a pedestrian occurred recently and a fatal accident is simply a matter of time.”

Ms Brown said in recent years many former student properties in Sharrow had been converted into family homes and new homes have been built in Nether Edge and Brincliffe. The single existing crossing was now inadequate for local demand.