In partnership with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive we are working to reduce traffic delays and improve the reliability of bus services along key bus routes in the city. Reliability is one of the main factors given by people for why they don’t use public transport.
Our proposed measures include the upgrading of bus stops along the length of these routes to make them more accessible and bring them up to current standards by provision of raised kerbs, tactile paving, the introduction of bus stop clearways and, where necessary, the installation of replacement bus shelters.
Moss Way – improving bus reliability & road safety
A small roundabout and a reduction in the speed limit on part of Moss Way are proposed by us and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. We consulted on this in January/February 2017.
What we want to achieve
There is Better Bus Area funding from the Department for Transport for this scheme to improve bus journeys along this ‘Key Bus Route’, used by the 120 bus service.
We propose to make it easier for buses to turn right out of Birley Spa Lane into Moss Way. The time this takes varies a lot and significantly affects service reliability. This is particularly at afternoon peak times when the service is carrying its highest numbers of passengers.
We want to improve bus reliability, safety and make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road at the existing crossing point.
The main elements remain:
- a reduction in the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on the approach to the Birley Spa Lane junction in both directions. The addition of signs and ‘gateway features’ including rumble strips - to make the reduction visible
- a small roundabout at the junction with new and extended islands. This will take traffic around the roundabout and give greater protection to pedestrians crossing at the existing crossing
We received feedback from the public in our January/February 2017 consultation. From this we propose to also carry out the following:
- a pedestrian island on Moss Way near the Beighton Road junction to make it easier for pedestrians to cross here
- to extend the speed limit reduction further along Moss Way to cover that island. This requires a statutory ‘Speed Limit Order’. This will be advertised from 25 January until 22 February 2018
The scheme involves thinning vegetation including trees along parts of Moss Way to improve visibility. Most of the vegetation including trees are in the highway and the advice we have is that the highway trees (16) will need to be replaced on a 2 for 1 basis but, because there is a lot of tree cover here, it has been suggested that these are planted elsewhere in the city as part of an avenue in the central reserve of Prince of Wales Road.
Please send any comments on the proposed changes to the Scheme Design team by 14 February 2018.
Handsworth Road inbound bus stop improvement proposals
What we want to achieve
Better Bus Area funding from the Department for Transport can be used to improve bus journeys along this “Key Bus Route” that is used by the 52.
We are proposing to move the bus stop which is currently situated just below Richmond Park Road to a new lay-by which will be sited just below the Asda entrance on Handsworth Road. This means that the buses which currently pick up/set down passengers in the traffic lane and block the flow of traffic would move into a purpose built lay-by slightly lower down on Handsworth Road below the entrance/exit to Asda.
The scheme seeks to improve traffic flows along Handsworth Road in the vicinity of the ASDA junction, just above the A630 Parkway. Currently the bus stop layout and location contribute to congestion.
Facilities being provided at the new bus stop at this location will include:
- a bus stop within a new bus lay-by
- a new shelter
- raised kerbs for safe, easy and level boarding of low-floor buses
- ‘tactile’ paving to help guide people with visual impairments
- a ‘bus stop clearway’
- a litter bin
The proposed scheme provides a dedicated stop within a bus lay-by with room for 2 main vehicle running lanes as existing. The current cycle/pedestrian facilities are maintained as existing.
Tell us what you think
Email firstname.lastname@example.org about what you think to the above proposals by Friday 19 May 2017.
Call us on 0114 273 6205 or email if you have any questions.
If you would like further information about the overall Better Bus Area programme, please contact email@example.com or call 0114 221 1491.
What happens next?
If we receive objections to the proposals we will see if any changes can be made to address the concerns. Should this not be possible, the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport will make a decision on how to proceed.
Everyone who emails us about the proposals will be kept informed of all meetings and decisions.
North Sheffield Better Buses
We are making changes between Ecclesfield and the city centre, such as widening roads, traffic signal improvements and bus stop improvements.
See the schemes below. They aim to address problems for buses and other traffic along the route, reducing journey times and improving bus reliability.
Barnsley Road (Kinnaird Avenue to Lane Top)
At busy times, queuing traffic and parked cars mean buses are often taking more than 4 minutes to travel the 600 metres between Hartley Brook Road and Lane Top. The journey time should be about 2 minutes, yet sometimes can take 5 to 10 minutes.
A scheme has therefore been developed to address this and help buses to run on time. It will also have benefits for other traffic.
Our proposed changes are:
- Barnsley Road will be altered to allow for 3 traffic lanes – 2 inbound, one outbound – between Kinnaird Avenue and Homestead Road. This will allow buses to get to the bus stop at Lane Top more quickly. All vehicles turning left at Lane Top will also benefit from this new lane as they will no longer have to wait in the main queue
- parking will not be allowed on the road itself, except for in marked bays outside the school, and in 2 new lay-bys near the café at Lane Top. Instead, parking will be provided on the verges, which will be hardened to make them more suitable
- better co-ordination of the traffic lights and pedestrian crossing at Lane Top, to reduce delays. There will not be any disadvantages for pedestrians
- new road markings in the Lane Top junction to position right turning vehicles better
- Nine trees will be removed to accommodate the new layout. Fifteen new trees will be planted in the area as shown on the plan. The new trees will be especially chosen and located to enhance the area
The consultation (September 2016) has now closed. We are reviewing the scheme, using the comments we have received.
High Street, Ecclesfield
When a bus pulls into the stop opposite the shops, there is little room for vehicles to pass by between the bus and any vehicles parked outside the shops. This causes delays for all vehicles. See the proposed changes below. Consultation is now complete and a report detailing the outcome will be submitted to a future Highway Cabinet Member Decision session, probably in Autumn 2016.
- a new bus lay-by will be provided at the bus stop opposite the Co-op. This will ensure the buses do not block the road when picking up passengers, helping to keep traffic moving in both directions at all times
- High Street will be widened slightly near to Picking Lane to allow buses to pull out of the stop when traffic is coming in the opposite direction
- a new pedestrian crossing point will be provided at the northern end of the bus lay-by. Parking outside the shops will be able to accommodate 9 vehicles in marked bays, which is the maximum number of vehicles our surveys have shown parked at any one time
- Two trees will be removed to accommodate the new layout. Six new trees will be planted in the area as shown on the plan
Barnsley Road/Scott Road
It can take vehicles more than 8 minutes to travel the 600m of Barnsley Road between Earl Marshal Road and Orphanage Road. See the proposed changes below. There were no objections during consultation and the scheme was approved at the July 2016 Highway Cabinet Member decision session. Work is likely to start in Autumn 2016 but may have to be completed in stages to minimise inconvenience.
- there will be a new lay-by at the Orphanage Road bus stop (on Barnsley Road) so buses using it don't block the road
- we will widen Barnsley Road and provide right-turn lanes in the middle at the junctions with Scott Road and Firshill Avenue. This will allow traffic to pass by right-turners. Buses will also be able to turn into Scott Road more easily and safely
- we will alter the pedestrian crossing point, speed cushions and bus stops on Scott Road to allow for the Barnsley Road changes. There will be some additional double yellow lines to help traffic there to keep moving
- some parking would be removed on Scott Road, but our surveys indicate that there will be enough parking between Passhouses Road and Barnsley Road for the number of vehicles that are usually parked
Church Street, Ecclesfield
We are proposing a short section of double yellow lines outside 50 Church Street. Buses and other large vehicles would no longer be blocked by parked cars.
We received a number of objections and on balance decided that the benefits did not outweigh the concerns raised by residents. We have abandoned this proposal.
Rutland Road/Pitsmoor Road
Rutland Road has been widened to provide a longer right turn lane for traffic heading to Cooks Wood Road, helping to reduce congestion in the area. A new uncontrolled pedestrian crossing has also been installed.
The road is being widened so that parking can still take place but buses and other vehicles can travel along the road more easily. Construction has started and is due to be completed late September 2016.
St Michael’s Road
The road has been widened so that parking can still take place but buses and other vehicles can travel along the road more easily.
Spital Hill/Hallcar Street
The bus stop has been altered so that buses using it don’t stick out and block traffic. The bus boarding point is now further up Spital Hill, where the road is wider, so that vehicles can get round stationary buses more easily.
Spital Hill/The Wicker
The short length of bus lane, below the Tesco junction, was causing vehicles to change lane close to the traffic lights. This led to conflict and delay. The bus lane has been shortened so that vehicles can get in lane earlier.
Chesterfield Road - reducing delays
At present, the inbound peak hour bus lane on Chesterfield Road ends at the entrance to Heeley Retail Park. Cars, buses and other vehicles are delayed as traffic merges into a single inbound lane before the bus lane resumes just north of the junction with Saxon Road. Further delays are caused by the movement of traffic into and out of the side roads, particularly at Saxon Road.
New bus lane & road widening – revised proposals
In November 2014 we consulted with residents and businesses in the area, outlining details to widen Chesterfield Road. We are planning to create 2 continuous inbound lanes (a peak hour bus lane and a lane for general traffic) by widening Chesterfield Road into land fronting Porcelanosa, B&M and Lidl. Outside weekday peak hours all traffic would be allowed to use both lanes. The scheme aims to improve bus reliability by linking up 2 existing sections of bus lane on this key route to the City Centre.
Following a number of comments regarding the proposals, we revisited the design to address as many concerns as possible. In summary the changes to the previous design are as follows:
- Plantation Road – now proposed to remain 2 way (as existing)
- Albert Road – now proposed to remain 2 way (as existing)
- inbound bus lane to finish short of the Saxon Road junction to assist both right turning traffic and inbound traffic
- ‘keep clear’ moved back on Saxon Road to allow 2 vehicles to wait at the give-way line
The revised scheme would be funded from Better Bus Area funding (a government grant to the Sheffield Bus Partnership) and a contribution from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund.
What happens next?
In August 2015 our Highway Cabinet Member approved the proposed scheme and its Traffic Regulation Orders.
We have checked for underground pipes, cables and other objects (eg for gas, water, electric and communications) and we are now finalising our designs. We are aiming to start constructing the scheme in Spring 2017.