Huge traffic jam near Sheffield cycle lane blocks ANOTHER emergency service vehicle

A photo has emerged showing another emergency response vehicle struggling to navigate through heavy traffic caused by the partial closure of one of the city’s busiest roads.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 2:28 pm

The picture shows a police car with blue lights flashing trying to navigate down Netherthorpe Road between two lanes of traffic, with vehicles queued up in both lanes. The car is travelling in the direction of Shalesmoor roundabout.

The person who took the photo of the police car struggling to get through congested traffic said cars were queuing back to Brook Hill roundabout. He took to social media to voice his frustration, writing: “There are incentives from the Government all across the UK for councils to trial this, but this is also going back on what they said about Clean Air Zone, it is making the area worse with all the standing traffic.”

Another person wrote: “I’m sure emergency services will be as bemused as everyone else.”

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The photo was taken on Netherthorpe Road as traffic queued to reach Shalesmoor roundabout. Picture: MP TRAVEL - Sheffield.

In July Sheffield City Council closed one lane in each direction on the A61 Shalesmoor inner ring-road to widen the pavement for pedestrians and facilitate ‘active travel’ following a cycling boom during lockdown. The move, one of several temporary traffic changes in the city, proved unpopular with some business owners and motorists, however. The pop-up cycle lane will subsequently be removed next weekend.

Two days after it opened an ambulance worker was filmed removing bollards separating the cycle lane from vehicle traffic to allow the ambulance to get through the congestion.