Following its temporary closure due to the Covid outbreak earlier this year, we ...
Pinstone Street social distancing measures upgraded
Work has begun to upgrade temporary changes to Pinstone Street, which is currently closed to traffic to help people maintain social distancing as they return to the city centre’s shops, bars and restaurants. The project also actively encourages walking and cycling in the area.
Improvements will now be made to make the area more attractive and make sure that the city centre is a pleasant and safe environment to visit and enjoy. Work will include replacing the current barriers with a high kerb lined with planters, a new crossing connecting Pinstone Street with Cambridge Street and a new full accessible, step-free pavement. The project is part of the Council’s response to Covid-19, which has seen widened footways, temporary cycle lanes and traffic-free areas introduced in the centre of Sheffield and local communities.
The transition to a semi-permanent scheme on Pinstone Street will take approximately 6 weeks to complete. Bus routes that have been diverted from Pinstone Street will continue to instead travel from Charter Square to Arundel Gate.
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability said:
“When lockdown was first eased it was a priority for us to quickly install emergency measures in key areas of the city centre, including Pinstone Street, to make it safer for people to visit and have the space to stick to public health guidance as they travelled around.
“Social distancing remains essential in our efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Sheffield and is likely to be needed for some time, so it’s important that our city centre can support this going forwards. “The upgrading of this scheme will create a safe, attractive area in the heart of the city, which is really important as people start to travel into the centre to return to work and support our local businesses.” Other recent work incorporated in the scheme has included creating additional space on pavements in Broomhill to allow for social distancing when shopping, and temporary trials of a pop-up cycle lane in Shalesmoor as well as a low-traffic neighbourhood in Kelham.
Following these initial schemes, the Council submitted a bid for further active travel funding from the Government earlier this month, which, if successful, would create the opportunity for improving cycling infrastructure to support the long-term health of residents.
This second phase of work would see potential cycle improvements in the Sheaf Valley and more low traffic neighbourhoods in Crookes and Nether Edge, subject to engagement with the local communities.
Further details on the changes to Pinstone Street and other active travel measures in the city can be found here.
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