Twenty's plenty to boost safety in Sheffield

A new 20mph zone covering a large area of south-west Sheffield is expected to be given the go-ahead.

Thursday, 2nd June 2016, 8:00 am
20mph zone sign

Sheffield Council is to bring in the speed limit on more than 80 streets in Greystones, Ecclesall, Bents Green, Parkhead and Whirlow.

Chiefs say the measure is needed to make the neighbourhoods safer – particularly for elderly people and children – by cutting the risk of crashes, as well as encouraging walking and cycling.

The new zone stretches from streets off Rustlings Road to just beyond Whirlow Lane, including roads around High Storrs and Silverdale schools.

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A part-time, advisory 20mph limit is also set to be introduced, centred on the entrance to Bents Green School on Ringinglow Road.

However, following a consultation, Knowle Lane and Bents Road in Bents Green will not be included, following opposition.

“Both Knowle Lane and Bents Road are wide through routes with properties set well back from the road,” councillors will be told at a meeting next Thursday, when the zone is recommended for approval.

“Neither road passes a school. Officers agree that the appropriate speed limit is 30mph.”

But further roads, such as Highcliffe Road and part of Hangingwater Road, could be added after residents requested that the scheme be expanded.

“Reducing the speed of traffic in residential areas will, in the long term, reduce the number and severity of accidents, encourage sustainable modes of travel and contribute towards the creation of a more pleasant, cohesive environment,” councillors will be told.

The measure – involving signs and road markings – will cost £117,000. Another zone in Firth Park and Woodhouse is also expected to be approved next Thursday.