Sheffield campus road works set to begin

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Work on major highways changes to help create a ‘greener’ Sheffield University campus is set to start this summer.

The changes will include diverting bus routes 95, 51 and 52 off Leavygreave Road East, pedestrianising streets, and improvements to crossings.

They are the first stage of a 10-year plan aimed at linking the campus more closely to the city centre and creating new facilities, as well as making it more pedestrian and cycle-friendly.

Reports before Sheffield Council chiefs tomorrow say it is estimated a highways contractor will be appointed in May, with a view to starting work in June.

Most of the first stage of work should be completed this year.

Council cabinet members are also set to agree a move to secure £2.89 million of city region funding, which the university will match with £5.47 million of its own investment.

Professor Mike Hounslow, for the university, said it was hoped the improvements would ‘make the campus a safe, inviting and interesting place for our neighbours and the Sheffield public to use and enjoy.’

He said improving the campus would help attract students, teachers and researchers.

Future stages of work include making Western Bank, which runs through the heart of the campus, one way. Landmarks such as The Arts Tower will be affected.

Pre-meeting reports to councillors say the scheme would mean the loss of 90 on-street pay and display car parking spaces, resulting in £118,000 less income for the council per year.

However, doing nothing is ruled out as there are ‘serious concerns’ about safety at current pedestrian crossings on Brook Hill and the campus ‘lagged behind’ others.