Hillsborough streets are set to become safer with 20 miles per hour (mph) speed limits rolled out to large parts of the area.
Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet approved the plans on Wednesday, and work is set to be completed within the next couple of months.
Further funding has also been provided to extend the scheme to more streets in Hillsborough than initially planned.
Speaking about the scheme, Hillsborough Labour Councillor Bob Johnson (who is also the Leader of the Council) stated:
“I’m know that residents have been asking for these changes and I’m delighted that we’re able to respond in this way.
“The benefits of safer roads cannot be understated and there is clear evidence about the reduction in, and severity of, accidents in 20 mph zones. This will also help improve local air quality – which is a crucial health benefit to residents.
“20mph in residential areas will be the norm – but there will some exceptions for main roads such as Dykes Hall Road and Holm Lane. We want to ensure people can get to where they need to be, but safely and to the benefit of local residents”
On signing of the decision to implement, Councillor Julie Grocutt, Labour’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Development, added:
“We are absolutely committed to establishing 20mph as the maximum speed for residential areas throughout Sheffield.
“Reducing speeds in residential areas makes more pleasant places for people to live – especially for children and elderly residents – and encourages more people to cycle and walk. Labour councillors want to see 20 mile per hour zones throughout residential areas in the city where local residents want them, and we are committed to this aim”.