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  1. Bank Park at Milton St and behind Decathlon are quite cheap. I'd look at parking just outside the permit parking zone and walk in. Maybe look at area round Olive Grove Road / Slate St. There are free parking spots within the Highfield permit parking zone (Area between Queens Rd and London Rd) if you have a look, but they tend to fill up early. Also there are 10 hour parking bays in that zone which cost £2.80 for the day, but again, tend to fill up fairly early. Bottom of East Bank Rd near Sheffield College is free but again fills up early.
  2. I wouldn't claim that bus gates alone make a significant difference to bus patronage. They are part of a wider package of measures to improve the quality and punctuality of bus travel, which, could be argued to be necessary to maintain bus travel as a viable alternative to car use. They do make a difference to the punctuality of bus and tram services and are useful for traffic management purposes. Bus patronage is generally on a downward trend across the UK and evidence points to any mode shift towards bus use tending to come from people who already walk and cycle and growth in walking and cycling tending to come from existing public transport users. Surveys taken on Supertram showed that it did induce car drivers to change mode, but getting them to catch the bus or walk/cycle is much harder. Most cities have an ambition to significantly increase bus patronage, but it is a very difficult one to deliver. On the car share lanes, my view is that anything that is not easily enforceable by the local Council is very prone to abuse and probably won't work. Only the Police could enforce the car share lane and they have far better things to do, so they weren't enforced and didn't work, so were removed.
  3. I passed this on to my old colleagues in SCC traffic control. They advise that it is caused by a fault in the tram detection equipment and they have asked Supertram to attend to it.
  4. The Council do actually try to schedule as much roadwork activity as possible in the school holidays as the peak traffic is lighter.
  5. No I don’t ignore it. I’ve addressed this issue any number of times on various threads. All major cities use the same traffic management measures, Sheffield is no exception. Moving traffic from point A to point B in the quickest possible time is not the only consideration that Councils have to make. The factest and most most direct route for many is straight through the city centre. That is not desirable if you want the city centre to be an attractive place to live in, visit or do business, so traffic is directed around the city centre, not through it, in order to make the city centre a more liveable and pleasant place. Add to that the fact that it is government policy to manage / discourage car use in order to get more people travelling by active modes and public transport. Also, having commuter traffic percolating through residential neighbourhoods isn’t a great idea if you happen to live in one of them, so Councils introduce traffic calming and restrictions to discourage through traffic and slow it down. All of this concentrates traffic on the primary routes. Yes, it’s accepted that occasionally, incidents can cause delays, but, how often do major problems occur? A few times a year. The problems that unrestricted traffic would cause would be there all the time. The benefits the restrictions bring are considered to outweigh any downsides. Your elected representatives take the decisions to implement these restrictions.
  6. The government are giving Councils a grant to fund the implementation of the CAZ’s, so finding money to do it isn’t an issue. Any surplus from the CAZ has to be spent on measures which improve air quality, so it isn’t the answer to any overall Council budget problems
  7. You can email them via an online contact form: https://service.sheffield.gov.uk/selfservice/L05_Portal.html?formname=PFI_SLSV4
  8. Sheffield will have done the same modelling as Nottingham. The outcome is clearly different. We don't know why that is, do we? Maybe the circumstances in Nottingham are different.
  9. But people slate the Council if they block off side roads and ban turns, so they can't win can they?
  10. No one is expecting that just making taxis use zero emission vehicles is going to solve the problem. It is part of a bigger picture. But, it's a very visible statement as there are a lot of them around the city centre and visitors arriving at the rail station might use them. Also, the cab drivers don't do themselves any favours on the public opinion front. The public often rightly or wrongly perceive that: many taxis are old and kick out a lot of smoke / pollution taxi drivers act irresponsibly in how they drive and how they park / rank some taxi drivers share their license with their friend/cousin/brother/whoever Therefore I don't see much public sympathy for the taxi drivers "plight" resulting from the CAZ proposals. I also see on taxi driver forums that they are constantly moaning about the lack of work. That might be something to do with the vast increase in their numbers since the taxi market was essentially deregulated to a large extent. Will the new rules mean that some will leave the trade, leaving more work for those remaining?
  11. There are plenty of articles like this: https://ecofriend.org/myth-busters-is-the-toyota-prius-really-eco-friendly/ that explain that a Prius is not an eco friendly vehicle. I wouldn't have one personally.
  12. You have to remember that the Council is run by politicians, who want to be re-elected. Therefore they will try as hard as they can to avoid having to make a very unpopular decision that affects a lot of people. They will only include private cars if they absolutely must do to avoid being penalised by the government. It's the same picture in most Councils who are implementing these zones.
  13. Having an inner ring road and concentrating traffic on it is the traffic management strategy employed by most major cities in the world. It is not desirable to have through traffic going right through the centre of your city. The main roads in any city in the world are busy at peak traffic times and there will be problems if there is a breakdown or collision blocking lanes. It happens everywhere. No-one can get the money to build big enough roads to have reserve capacity to ensure traffic flows well under any eventuality. The CAZ charges will eventually come to SCC after the government have taken out their costs. SCC are very restricted in what they can do with it (just like they are with parking or bus lane fines). They will have large expenses in running the system and maintaining it. Also, the revenues will fall over time as older vehicles are naturally replaced with newer, less polluting ones. From the outline business case: "However, the aim is for the revenue to initially be as low as possible and for it to then fall as quickly as possible, because the aim of the scheme is to remove the non-compliant ‘dirty’ vehicles from the local traffic as quickly as possible, not to generate a revenue stream. Care is therefore, required when considering any potential benefits which might be generated by schemes funded by the charging revenue. This will limit the ability to fund other things, particularly given the ongoing maintenance and management costs of the CAZ infrastructure / back office systems and the need to fund the costs associated with the potential removal of the infrastructure from 2025. The charging revenue stream is assumed to cover the operating cost of the local back office system (responsible for chasing up payment of fines from any non-compliant vehicles seen in the Charging Area without having paid the daily charge) and the cost of removing the cameras at the end of the CAZ Charging period (assumed here to be December 2024), as the our modelling suggests that Business as Usual fleet renewal will achieve area-wide compliance by 2025" So, they are assuming they will cover costs and that the system will be decommissioned by 2025 as it won't be needed anymore. So, it isn't going to be a major income stream and don't forget, this isn't a money making idea they have come up with. The government have made them do it. The government are telling them that they have to introduce measures to make the city compliant with the law within the specified timescale. SCC have to convince hem that the level of CAZ proposed will do the job. Go on then, tell us how much.
  14. Took a few minutes for me to get a reply, but I know the right people to ask and don't need to go through the call centre. If people on here ask me, I can often put them in touch with the right people directly. Re incorrect signing, if it was contractors, they might well have been told to correct it very quickly, but perhaps didn't do so immediately. SCC, like most Councils have limited resources, so they have to prioritise their efforts.
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