To keep Sheffield moving, lanes and gates allow buses and trams to move more freely.
They operate at different times and days of the week depending on their location. At these times, you should not enter (even partially) a bus lane or bus gate or park in either - see below for exceptions. Check the signs. Times do not vary for bank/public holidays.
You may have to pay a fine if you use one incorrectly. Fines are issued by the Police or us, often using cameras to record when someone goes through when they shouldn't.
A lane (marked out by thick white lines) usually down the side of the road for mainly buses to use.
Bus & tram gate
Part of a road letting mainly buses and trams through, eg at a junction. Some gates are for buses and not trams.
Which other vehicles can use gates & lanes?
Other vehicles can use the gates and lanes, including taxis, cycles and 'authorised' vehicles such as emergency services.
No vehicles other than trams can use any of the 'tram only' facilities.
The following vehicles can use the listed lanes and gates below:
- buses - no exceptions
- taxis - bus lanes, prescribed and prohibited turns, bus or bus/tram gates except Peaks Mount at Waterthorpe, adjacent to Crystal Peaks bus station, on runways B, C and D within Sheffield Transport Interchange (STI), on STI runway E (unless holding a PTE pass)
- pedal cycles - bus lanes, prescribed and prohibited turns, bus or bus/tram gates except on the runways within Sheffield Transport Interchange
- solo motorcyles - bus lanes only
- authorised vehicles - bus lanes, prescribed and prohibited turns, bus or bus/tram gates except on Peaks Mount at Waterthorpe, adjacent to Crystal Peaks Bus Station or on the runways within Sheffield Transport Interchange
'Authorised vehicles' is as defined in The Sheffield City Council Bus Priority Order as:
- Private Hire Vehicles with suitable side markings, as approved by Sheffield City Council, operating under a licence issued by a Local Authority
- vehicles with suitable side markings, as approved by Sheffield City Council, carrying persons on behalf of the National Health Service for medical reasons
- vehicles with suitable side markings, as approved by Sheffield City Council, being operated on behalf of a Local Authority for educational or care reasons
Hillsborough bus & tram gates - apply for a permit
A permit to drive through the bus or tram gate at Langsett Road (outbound only) is available for residents of the following roads:
- Rudyard Road
- Rudyard Mews
- Treswell Crescent
- Rider Road
- Haggard Road
- Kipling Road
Each 'permit of exemption' is valid for 12 months. Without a permit, residents can't use the bus or tram gate.
The bus or tram gate on Langsett Road is just beyond Ripley Street.
About the Langsett Road permit
The permit doesn't allow the holder to use other bus/tram gates in Hillsborough or elsewhere in Sheffield, this includes the ‘inbound’ bus or tram gates on Holme Lane or Middlewood Road.
If holders do (when signs say they shouldn't) we may consider withdrawing the exemption completely.
We can provide exemptions for additional vehicles registered at individual properties (subject to appropriate evidence).
However, we are not able to provide exemptions for visitors to properties, delivery vehicles, or short term hire or ‘lease’ cars (unless registered at an address on one of the above roads).
We may withdraw permits
A permit shall be deemed to be invalid and shall be surrendered to us within 48 hours of receipt of a written request to do so if:
- the holder ceases to be a resident based at one of the above roads
- the holder causes or allows the letter of exemption to be used for reward
- in our opinion the use of the exemption has been abused
Proof of address
We will check your Sheffield Council Tax or electoral records.
If we do not have these, provide electronic copies of 2 of the following:
- last utility bill
- tenancy agreement
- Council Tax statement
- proof of vehicle ownership
- registration document (V5)
- vehicle insurance certificate
- company car: also include a letter on company headed paper
When we have all your supporting evidence, we will respond to your application within 5 working days, however if your application requires further investigation we will contact you within 28 working days.