Crosspool is set to have 20mph speed limits in many residential areas as part of plans to improve air quality, promote road safety, and encourage active travel.
Under the proposals, a part-time 20mph speed limit will also be in place outside of Lydgate Infant School in Crosspool to reduce traffic speed at drop off and pick up times.
The plans are a continuation of Labour’s strategy to reduce the speed of traffic in residential areas across the city, creating a more pleasant and safer environment for the people living there.
Cllr Mazher Iqbal, Co-Chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee at Sheffield City Council, said:
“The benefits of 20 mph zones cannot be understated – they make streets safer and more pleasant places for people to live, especially for children and more elderly residents, and massively reduces the likelihood of serious accidents and long-term health impacts caused by air pollution.
“We have introduced 20 mph speed limits in residential neighbourhoods throughout the city, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to rolling this out.
“But of course we only want to do so when where residents want to see these changes, and I would like to thank all of the residents who took the time to take part in our consultation on these schemes and who have engaged with us on the plans to improve their local area.”
Plans to introduce 20mph speed limits in Crosspool and Woodseats will be presented at the first meeting of the Council’s Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee on Wednesday 15th June.
Crookes and Crosspool Councillor Ruth Milsom said:
“It’s really positive that Crosspool’s new 20mph zone will now include Lydgate Infant School, where parents and staff have been asking for safety measures for a long time. As local Councillors we will be monitoring its impacts closely and working with the school and parents to see the effect it has in reducing the speed of traffic.
“Through our Local Area Committee we are also bringing in a movable Vehicle Activated Sign that will be sited on Lydgate Lane, Manchester Road, Cross Lane, Watt Lane, and Sandygate Road on a rotation, as part of our efforts to respond to residents’ road safety concerns and ensure that our roads are quieter and safer for everyone.”
Crookes and Crosspool Councillor Minesh Parekh said:
“The council used to have a lot more funding to enact road safety measures, but since the 2010, Sheffield’s overall budget has been slashed by £475 million – this is a huge 50% of its budget. As such, services have been badly affected, meaning much less funding for road safety interventions. However, last year, Labour councillors created a new fund to help make the city’s roads safer.
I’m really pleased that 20mph zones are being rolled out in Crosspool and across the city, so that we can reduce the speed of traffic and help create safer, calmer, and more pleasant streets for pedestrians and cyclists alike.“