At today’s Full Council meeting Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council, confirmed that the ring road will not be moved as part of the regeneration of Sheaf Valley and the Midland Station.
Responding to a Question from Manor Castle Councillor Anne Murphy, Councillor Fox explained that the masterplan included many potential options for regeneration in the area and although the idea of moving the ring road was an option, it was not council policy or a piece of work that the council had ever committed to do.
The Question from Councillor Murphy and Councillor Fox’s answer are below:
|Can you share your thoughts on the suggested moving of the ring road from the front of the Midland Railway station, to the South Street Park side of the station?
|The Sheaf Valley Masterplan set out a long term vision for the station and surrounding area. It included many different phases of possible work across transport, regeneration and public realm improvements – the final element of which raised the possibility of switching the tram and road network so that the ring road ran around the back of station, not the front. The report simply showed that such a switch was engineeringly possible and gave an indication of what it might look like, but it did not commit the Council to ever progressing it as a scheme and no more work has been instigated to do so. Given the importance of air quality and climate change to the city, it is clear that element of the regeneration Framework is not something the Council supports and therefore no further work will be pursued on the idea of moving the road.
Councillor Terry Fox, said:
“The Sheaf Valley Masterplan is an important framework for regeneration. We know that there has been speculation about moving the ring road and I was pleased to be able to confirm today that whilst we are still fully committed to the regeneration of this area, the ring road will not be moved.
“As a council we are doing a lot of work to improve air quality and tackle climate change, I was glad to be able to take the opportunity to confirm that the council will not be pursuing this option.”