Sheffield City Council will introduce a 20mph speed limit in the city centre following strong public backing to the recent consultation.
A 20mph speed will now be rolled out before the end of the year on hundreds of streets in Sheffield city centre in a bid to make roads safer, better for pedestrians and cyclists and to improve air quality. The limit will affect every street apart from a few major thoroughfares such as Arundel Gate, Derek Dooley Way and Sheaf Street.
The Council is also making plans for additional improvements to tackle congestion on the inner ring-road.
Since Labour were elected to run Sheffield City Council in 2011 a series of measures have been undertaken to achieve their aim of establishing 20mph as the maximum speed for residential areas throughout Sheffield. The restriction has already been introduced with great success in areas such as Darnall, Gleadless Valley, Heeley and Stannington and now the city centre is to follow.
Labour Councillor for City Ward, Moya O’Rourke said, “Since my election I made a promise to the ward that I would make our city centre roads safer and more environmentally friendly – and I have been pushing for 20 mph zones in the centre to do just that.
Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Anyone who’s been in our city centre recently will have seen that it is growing rapidly and for the better, with cranes, new shops and new developments. It needs to be a place where safety and sustainable travel are actively supported and encouraged.
“I’m pleased that the consultation was received so positively. This Labour Council is absolutely determined to improve road safety throughout the city and 20mph zones play a big role in this. Not only do speeds reduce in these areas, there’s a reduction in the severity of the accidents and an improvement in air quality”.