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Consultations open on active travel improvements in Kelham Island and Tinsley

Sheffield Council announce a new raft of proposed walking and cycling changes to reduce air pollution and improve public health.

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How West Bar could look under new proposals.

Sheffield City Council.

Two more sets of infrastructure changes designed to make walking and cycling around Sheffield easier and quicker have opened for public consultation.

The plans are part of the Council's Connecting Sheffield project and build on infrastructure improvements in the city centre that have already been announced.

Kelham, which will become the city's first 'active neighbourhood', could see new walking routes and a state-of-the-art roundabout at West Bar that creates equity for cyclists and pedestrians.

"It's great to see the plans for transforming Kelham and Neepsend, as well as connections from this area to the city centre," Dexter Johnstone of CycleSheffield told Now Then.

"The scheme will make this part of Sheffield a much more attractive place to walk and cycle as well as live, work and socialise."

In Tinsley, new cycle lanes will better connect Rotherham and Sheffield, while high-quality pedestrian routes will link the neighbourhood with nearby Meadowhall to reduce traffic.

A long-planned new tram train stop will also be built serving Tinsley and the Magna science centre.

Both the Kelham and Tinsley projects will be funded through the government's Transforming Cities Fund, rather than directly by Sheffield City Council or through Council Tax.

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How the junction between Blackburn Meadows and Sheffield Road in Tinsley could look under new proposals.

Sheffield City Council.

In Kelham, the temporary Low Traffic Neighbourhood created by blocking through-traffic on Alma Street and the Ball Street Bridge will be made permanent.

New high-quality pedestrian infrastructure, which the Council describe as "the most ambitious walking routes in the city", will also link Pitsmoor and Burngreave with the city centre.

Three out of a total of six Connecting Sheffield projects have now been revealed. All must be completed by March 2023 as a condition of government funding.

Proposals for Darnall, Nether Edge, Abbeydale Road and Ecclesall Road are expected to be announced in the coming months.

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How West Bar Green to Broad Lane could look under Transforming Sheffield plans.

Sheffield City Council.

It's believed that these plans will see parking removed to make more space for better bus routes on Ecclesall and Abbeydale Road,

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, which reduce air pollution and lead to an increase in walking and cycling, will also be created in Tinsley, Crookes and Nether Edge.

"The schemes are ambitious and of a high quality and we commend Sheffield Council for this," said Johnstone.

"The biggest barrier to people cycling in Sheffield are concerns about safety and so the creation of high quality cycle infrastructure is essential to enable more people to make their journeys by bike."

by Sam Gregory (he/him)

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