Sheffield suburb’s 20mph zone is ‘big step forward’ say campaigners

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Safety campaigners in Sharrow Vale have welcomed the introduction of a 20mph zone, labelling it ‘a big step forward’.

Sheffield councillors voted to approve 11 new 20mph zones across the city, including at Hillsborough, Gleadless and Sharrow Vale.

The total cost of these 11 areas – which follow 14 that have already been introduced – is £610,000.

About a third of the city’s residential streets will be covered by 20mph zones by the 2015-16 financial year.

Sharrow Vale Resident David Sorsby, who was responsible for the petition to have the limit imposed in Sharrow Vale, said: “I think that residents will be pleased by this decision. Sharrow Vale is a great area, with lots of popular, independent shops. The traffic can get very busy, especially as commuters try to escape congestion on Ecclesall Road.

“I believe that introducing a 20mph zone is a big step forward for increasing road safety, especially as there are a lot of children that walk to the local schools through Sharrow Vale.”

The new zone will include roads inside Sharrow Vale bounded by Psalter Lane, between Hunter House Road and the roundabout near The Stag pub, and Ecclesall Road from Rosedale Gardens up to the Hunters Bar roundabout, although Psalter Lane and Ecclesall Road themselves are not included.

The new limit is set to come into force for the 2015-16 financial year in April.

Nether Edge councillor Nasima Akther said: “I’m really pleased with this decision that will benefit the children who attend Hunters Bar School, local residents and shoppers on Sharrow Vale Road.

“Nether Edge Councillors have regularly backed measures for increased road safety and we look forward to this being implemented.”