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  1. Sheffield already has the cheapest public transport outside London. Public transport is massively expensive to provide and many people won’t even use it if it is free. There are examples around the world which prove this. When fares were very cheap here back in the 80’s ridership was already declining. Transport for London are losing massive amounts of money supporting their public transport network and need constant handouts from government to keep going. Offering similar levels of service and fares here is simply not financially viable.
  2. One way is making neighbourhoods more people and active travel friendly, so more people will feel able to walk and cycle, particularly for shorter journeys. That is exactly why this scheme is happening.
  3. How many actually make such a journey on a daily basis? Yes, they will need to go a bit further and more traffic will be on the main routes. As they say, you don’t get owt for nowt these days.
  4. Sounds like every property in the area received a postcard with details, so I find the contention that you didn’t realise it was happening a little difficult to understand.
  5. Yes of course removing through traffic from some roads means more traffic on other roads, but the numbers of vehicles aren’t that big and there’s usually a variety of alternatives, so not everyone will use the same routes. There’s increasing recognition of the detrimental effects of road traffic, particularly in residential areas, so you can expect more and more schemes like this. Yes, that reduces route choice and directs traffic onto the identified through routes. That might mean your your trip is a bit longer and takes a little more time. Is that really such a big deal?
  6. Well, they are not going to “close half of Crookes” as you put it. They are putting in point closures on certain roads which will cut out through traffic. The roads will still be accessible to motor vehicles. They actually delivered consultation materials to 7362 properties and got 929 responses. A 12.6% response rate is pretty good for engagement of that type. I’ve seen much lower response rates on others. From what others are saying, locals have been asking the council for a scheme like this for years. The Council is required by law to consult on proposals like this and from the info in the consultation report on the link I posted, they’ve done everything I’d expect, to reach as many people as possible.
  7. So, you don’t know the area and don’t understand it’s problems, but you’ll condemn the Council anyway? Would you not think that the Council have done plenty of similar schemes over the years, and they do actually listen to what local people tell them about problems in the area, so actually, they understand the potential impacts pretty well. But, they are proposing to do the closures on 6 month experimental orders, which gives time for any unforeseen issues to materialise and solutions to be brought forward.
  8. Details of the Crookes Active Neighbourhood scheme are here
  9. I was at the Council during their first period in office and they were poor at making decisions. You can have some sympathy because they hadn't been in power in recent times, so weren't used to it. It appeared they didn't want to make a decision that might lose them any votes, so they just put it off, often asking for more "consultation" to be carried out, when it had already been done and results reported to them. This resulted in a period of around 18 months when nothing much was happening and the public were getting frustrated with them. It improved a bit after that, but I think the damage had been done and they were voted out at next election. Second time, I wasn't working there but old colleagues said that they didn't have the same level of problems. There is a bit of difference in emphasis between them in transport matters, but in my view, overall there wasn't much difference in end product. I didn't see any significant differences elsewhere.
  10. By who though? Lib Dems have had a couple of spells in power in recent times. Did they do any better?
  11. People have given examples of cheaper parking in places that are not comparable to Sheffield centre. No major cities that I know of offer fee or “cheap”parking. Parking prices are not a major factor in whether or not people visit a place. It’s the overall “offer” of the place which is important. Meadowhall is a purpose built centre, designed to be accessible by car from the outset ( but let’s not forget it has a major transport interchange and certainly did have the highest percentage footfall from public transport of any similar UK centre). When you turn off the ring road, you enter a private car park, much like the private sector car parks in the city centre. Before you get to that car park you are on public highway and are subject to all the rules of the road, just like in the city centre. Meadowhall does have a lot of similarities to the city centre in terms of traffic management. In both places, you drive around a ring road to get to the bit you want to access, you turn off that road to a parking place. At Meadowhall, you can’t get from that car park to other areas of the centre, you have to go back out onto the ring road and go around, just like the city centre. You can’t drive straight through the centre of the Meadowhall mall to get to your destination, just like the city centre. Because of the experience I have, I can offer insight into how and why decisions are made within the fields that I work in. Some folk on here find that useful. I generally don’t feel the need to criticise “officialdom” because I understand why they do what they do and it’s generally for a good reason. As far as I’m aware there’s no Forum rule which says you must be critical of the Authorities, and I don’t think it would be a full and rounded discussion if everyone did.
  12. Do you know anywhere comparable that has in your opinion low parking charges? Parking is a commodity, charging for it is a way of managing demand for it. Pretty much every settlement of any size charges for parking. The private sector charges for parking, often more than local authorities. The Councils are providing a service and managing demand for it by price. I see nothing wrong with that, so why would I criticise "officialdom"?
  13. The measures that the Council use to manage traffic are exactly the same as those used in other towns and cities. The Council's parking prices compare well to Council controlled parking other nearby cities: Sheffield: - up to £2.60/hour - Charge till 8.30pm Leeds - up to £3.30/ hour, charge till 10pm Manchester - up to £5.70/hour, charge till 8pm Nottingham - up to £2.40/hour, charge till 10pm
  14. Don’t think so. The CRSTS settlement has rolled up together a lot of other ongoing funding sources. The revenue maintenance funding they mention is the normal annual government funding for highway maintenance in Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster ( Sheffield have already got theirs in the 25 year PFI deal with Amey).
  15. Erm, the money is basically for renewing all the infrastructure. Which bit of that is it you don’t understand? You can’t spend money that is given as a grant for capital infrastructure work, on maintenance. That isn’t an activity that can be funded from capital grants.
  16. Looks like you won’t get your wish. Government have allocated funding for the necessary renewals of infrastructure and vehicles, see this Mass transit systems like the tram are part of the overall public transport offer, they are not intended to serve every part of a city, just the routes that need high capacity. Of course the tram gets priority at traffic lights. It carries far more people than a bus can.
  17. Do you seriously think the Council don't know this and aren't trying to do it already? What exactly do you think the Council can do to "clamp down on beggars" and what exactly do you think they can do about the "druggies"?
  18. Maybe you haven't noticed, but there are quite a few events in the city centre. There's an active and well funded Business Improvement District (BID) in which the city centre businesses and the council work in partnership. You can see their website here The Council have a City Centre Management team who organise events in the city centre too. I've actually been in meetings with the city centre retailers where they said that city centre events weren't good for their business as regular customers are put off and don't come because they believe the city centre will be too busy and the businesses don't pick up that much trade from the people attending the events. It sounds counter-intuitive, but that was what they said. Sheffield has also been rated as the top UK city outside London for starting a business, ( see this ), and wins praise for the business support available. I met with the managers from McLaren, who were full of praise for the support they had received from the Council's Business Development Team in setting up their factory at the Advanced Manufacturing Park. Lots of activity is happening, you just may not be aware of it.
  19. Well, people on here who appear to know more about it than I do reckon Stagecoach are losing money on the Supertram operating contract and don't want to continue with it. So I rather doubt that they consider that they got a great deal. If you read post #103, it appears that the available fines for fare evasion aren't a deterrent. Not collecting fares isn't exclusive to Stagecoach on the tram, I've seen it plenty of times on trains. I'd suspect it's more to do with individuals who aren't particularly good at their job rather than any lack of corporate will to collect the money.
  20. I think you are jumping to unsustainable conclusions. Stagecoach tendered and paid an amount of money to the PTE to be the operator. Stagecoach keep the fare income and they carry the cost if they don’t protect their revenue. Doesn’t cost the taxpayer anything.
  21. No. Taking the revenue risk means that the operator takes the risk on whether or not the fare income covers their costs. The operating contract they have for the supertram is a fixed cost that Stagecoach pay the PTE/MCA, so collecting fares or not only affects Stagecoach's income. National government have no role n the operating contract for supertram.
  22. If I recall correctly, the tram operator, Stagecoach takes the revenue risk, so it makes not a jot of difference to your taxes whether the conductor collects the fare or not.
  23. Huge exaggeration. Plenty of people go shopping via public transport. Meadowhall did have the highest level of people visiting by public transport of any similar UK shopping centre. I see plenty of people visiting shops and supermarkets by public transport, including cabs. Some also walk and cycle.
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