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  1. For me personally, I'm in favour of most aspects of the scheme, although it is a shame to see buses removed from Pinstone Street, I do believe the new bus stop facilities along Furnival Gate and the top end of Arundel Gate will better cater for this, plus with bus services from South & West Sheffield already running solely along Arundel Gate, most people will become quickly used to it. My main thoughts are: - Arundel Gate should have the bus gate in the opposite direction to the one proposed. This is due to there been the extensive full width bus lane already in place for northbound traffic, along with more road capacity on the approach to Park Square. Access to the heart of the city from a southbound direction could then be undertaken from Sheaf Street/Matilda Street to the current Furnival Gate roundabout. - Why the need to remove the roundabout on Arundel Gate/Furnival Gate? This works ok as it is currently, and would allow car park access etc, without having to drive around the ring road/make u-turns and other rat-runs on back streets to gain access. - Left turn from West Street into Rockingham Street is a must - this could then create a city circular route, so most bus routes could become circular routes, serving all of the city centre. - Better bus stop provision is required for South & Western bus services along Arundel Gate, ties in with the bus gate switching above (provides more road-space and allows more bus stops to be built without impeding general traffic flow). Also worth noting, while not released in full detail yet, there is a map of the proposed corridors across the city: https://connectingsheffield.commonplace.is/schemes/proposals/provide-comments-on-our-interactive-map-about-whats-important-to-you/details These schemes will be: - Sheffield City Centre to Rotherham or Handsworth via Attercliffe (bus & cycle) - Sheffield City Centre to Neepsend via Kelham Island (bus, cycle & walking) - Sheffield City Centre to Parkhead via Ecclesall Road (bus) - Sheffield City Centre to Beauchief via Abbeydale Road (bus) - Sheffield City Centre to Nether Edge via Sharrow (cycle)
  2. Following on from the closure of Pinstone Street due to Covid-19, Sheffield City Council are now running a consultation on a draft of changes, mainly affecting Pinstone Street/Charter Row & Arundel Gate. This would involve the permanent closure of Pinstone Street to all traffic, with bus routes and stops re-located across the local area. This will run until 7 January 2021. The main details of the changes are: 1: Pinstone Street would be closed permanently. Bus routes that previously served this road would remain pretty much as they are now. 2: Rockingham Street would become bus-only in a southbound direction with new bus stops located here (replacing the Carver Street stops). 3: New segregated cycle lanes are introduced along Arundel Gate and Charter Row. 3: Arundel Gate roundabout would be removed, becoming a 3-way junction 4: New bus stops would be added on Furnival Gate and Arundel Gate. 5: Arundel Gate would become bus-only eastbound (travelling towards Park Square). The full details, including maps and consultation can be viewed here: https://connectingsheffield.commonplace.is/schemes/proposals/city-centre-proposals/details
  3. Interesting to see that SCC are now looking at making the closure of Pinstone Street permanent, especially when this has caused so much disruption with bus passengers, making travelling by car more accessible than public transport which should be promoted! Sheffield Star are running with this story - Bus passengers 'not addressed' in plans to close busy Sheffield city centre road | The Star What is even more interesting, is some councils like Rotherham that took the leading way of pedestrianisation in the early 90s are now looking at reversing this, and actually opening up roads in the town centre to traffic. They state "Rebalancing Pedestrian Priority and creating Traditional Town Centre Streets The core traditional shopping streets in Rotherham Town Centre have largely been pedestrianised. This pedestrianisation has been in place for many years and has brought about both positive and negative impacts on town life. In High Street and around All Saints Square the pedestrian priority and high quality environment has proven to be beneficial and supports an attractive street scene. Excluding traffic from these areas has helped develop town life and vitality. Elsewhere the wider exclusion of traffic has created a precinct-like feel within the main shopping ‘circuit’ and has served to undermine vitality especially out of retail hours. In the evening large parts of the Town Centre are effectively cut-off from passing movements of people and motorists. We conclude that the balance of pedestrian and vehicular access in several parts of the town is out of balance with the functionality of the town and needs to be reconsidered. It is proposed that the road traffic regulations be reviewed with regard to access along / around the Howard Street / Effingham Street (between Howard Street and College Street) and College Street loop. In core shopping-hours this street would remain pedestrian only but outside these hours cars would be permitted. This would facilitate on street parking in those periods. It is suggested that the one-way flow of traffic be reversed." Full details on the Rotherham scheme can be viewed here: https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/download/257/town-centre-masterplan So if a compromise is to be struck, would Pinstone Street need to be fully pedestrianised, as surely a scheme such as on High Street in Exeter City Centre where only local buses are allowed to travel down a mixed shared street, with a speed limit on 10mph, could be an overall better solution?
  4. Parkgate or Moorgate is the better local areas to the town centre with more frequent bus routes. Parkgate - 8/8A/9/22A/22C/22X/218/218A/221 - roughly 20+ buses per hour throughout the day, Mon-Sat. Moorgate - 19/19A/20/26/27/29/29A - roughly 10+ buses per hour throughout the day, Mon-Sat.
  5. Actually, apart from the town centre and Eastwood, Canklow, East Dene and Ferham - most areas are pretty decent and very affordable compared to Sheffield's housing market. Eastwood is getting better, at one stage it was worst than Page Hall, but RMBC have turned the area around in recent years, a lot of the population have been allegedly deported and due to the new housing licencing processes, most houses are now empty. Still an area I would personally avoid however. Most areas in the inner eastern areas of Rotherham, are mainly council estates with high unemployment and crime. Doesn't mean there bad areas to live, just not the best. You get good and bad anywhere. Personally speaking, with close proximity to the town centre, I'd suggest either: Parkgate, Kimberworth, Greasbrough, Brinsworth, Moorgate or Broom Valley.
  6. If people can't get into the city centre easily, either by private car or public transport - then they will find alternative places to shop. Your average typical leisure shopper, is hardly going to cycle in to carry shopping bags back on a bike, or go out for a nice meal/evening out and cycle there and back, in my opinion... This is why it has been shown, post Covid, retail parks and shopping centres across the country and are now booming again, where as the typical high street is struggling. Also, since this has become semi-permanent, why hasn't SCC or SYPTE provided better bus stop facilities, such as a shelter at the alternative stops. Hardly an advert to use public transport and ditch the car! Leeds have managed to do it, through The Headrow road improvement works, and didn't have any social distancing measures in place.
  7. H1 is for NHS staff only now after Covid and runs non-stop from Hallamshire/NGH as far as I'm aware.
  8. Depends on what you're really after. Personally speaking, I've found Rotherham to be much cheaper to buy and live, yet some areas are closer to Sheffield city centre than out laying areas of Sheffield. Maybe have a look around Aston/Swallownest, Catcliffe, Waverley and Treeton (all in Rotherham, but much cheaper for the average house and council tax etc.) for instance compared with neighbouring areas in Sheffield of Handsworth/Woodhouse Mill and Beighton for comparison.
  9. Plenty of buses run to the NGH from most parts of Sheffield. Use the public transport that is already provided maybe... Can use the Park and Ride at Meadowhall Interchange and catch the 95/95A buses that drop you off at the Barnsley Road entrance every 10 mins during the daytime.
  10. Absolutely spot on. Passengers/people always want everything for free. Sometimes I really do think Sheffield bus users don't realise how well they actually have it. Some of the cheapest weekly tickets in the country, and many routes have a £2 max single fare. Try naming any other major cities which offer such cheap fares - even Rotherham and Doncaster have higher fares than Sheffield, and people still moan! Same with this bus review, all based on Sheffield, even though it's supposed to be South Yorkshire... And before someone spouts "Well London has a £1.50 flat bus fare" have a look at all their fares - https://tfl.gov.uk/fares/find-fares/bus-and-tram-fares
  11. Quite simple, we're in the middle of a pandemic with resources and money been used on much better things. Doubt after this, that the country can even stay afloat, let alone try and take control of buses with public (tax payers) money.
  12. That is because in previous years Supertram have paid for the replacement buses. This year, Supertram refused to pay and after a few weeks with no bus replacement at Halfway, the PTE stepped in and provided funding for the BL2 service, which Powell's won the tender for.
  13. Was notorious years back, one of the worst estates in the country. However, since the early 2000s, most of the former council housing has been demolished, problem tenants evicted or shipped out to other areas and generally speaking, from driving up Prince of Wales Road most days, it generally doesn't look too shabby now. Certainly choose to live there, than other neighbouring areas such as Darnall.
  14. Let’s hope you never sustain any impaired mobility problems. Talk about a selfish attitude...
  15. Here is another typical example from yesterday that has been widely shared on Facebook. See this new cycle lane is being used very well! https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157470908440592&set=a.10150474809880592&type=3
  16. They’re called timing points and are listed clearly on published timetables for each route. No different to trains or trams etc, buses can’t leave these stops early and they are there to regulate services. Stops located between those listed on the main timetable are only estimated arrival times.
  17. Another council seeing sense. New traffic restrictions in Gateshead are being scrapped after two days following a backlash from motorists. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-tyne-53574236?__twitter_impression=true
  18. How long before Sheffield scraps their schemes? https://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/news/environment/pedestrianised-wakefield-city-centre-road-set-be-reopened-scheme-scrapped-2921396
  19. It's included here: Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District to Sheffield Three schemes: Development of core active travel route connecting city centre to AMP corridor, including spur to Olympic Legacy Park (£10.25m); Development of core active travel route linking Meadowhall with Rotherham Council's proposals on Sheffield Road (£2.8m); Bus priority measures through Attercliffe, Darnall and around Meadowhall (£3.7m) £16.75m
  20. The Sheffield to Rotherham via Attercliffe route has already secured funding. It's tied in with the 2 new tram stops at Parkgate Park & Ride (not the shopping centre) and Magna/Templeborough which will also have a Park & Ride. Info: http://www.rothbiz.co.uk/2020/06/news-7385-millions-for-rotherham.html
  21. Another Costa Coffee drive-thru will be built beside Catcliffe Shopping Centre (Morrison's/Boundary Mill). Reported on RothBiz - http://www.rothbiz.co.uk/2020/07/news-7405-costa-confirmed-for-new.html
  22. Cars will be flowing freely now through Shalesmoor, as most will have made new rat-runs elsewhere, namely Netherthorpe and Neepsend. Just moved the traffic problem from the main inner ring road, to side roads...
  23. Surprised the local businesses and residents opposed to this just haven’t simply moved the cones out the way. This recently happened on Broad Street/Rawmarsh Hill in Rotherham when RMBC blocked off parking bays outside the local shops in Parkgate. Within less than 3hrs local people (business owners/customers and residents) had moved all the temporary cones/barriers out the way onto the pavement, less than a week later RMBC turned up and took all the barriers away, due to the backlash. The only remaining thing is a red sign attached to the lamppost warning of a new road layout.
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