Over the past year, Sheffield has been working to improve air quality, with many schemes including the proposed Clean Air Zone. Air pollution affects us all to some degree. Drivers are among those who can be most affected as they sit in traffic. These are the reasons why it’s important that in line with our legal obligations we deliver cleaner air in the shortest possible time.
Council reminds drivers to respect parking restrictions
Sheffield City Council is reminding drivers to respect parking restrictions as new phase of lockdown sees more cars returning to the roads.
The Covid-19 lockdown has seen a high reduction in traffic on Sheffield’s roads, but with people now able to travel more freely for exercise and outdoor gatherings, Civil Enforcement Officers are stepping up action against dangerous and obstructive parking across the city.
The Council is encouraging people to travel by foot or bike wherever possible and is introducing active travel measures such as footpath widening and pop-up cycle lanes in many communities to support social distancing and exercise.
Free key worker parking in off-street Council car parks, which has been provided since March, will come to an end on 15th June, as the city centre reopens and non-essential businesses begin to trade again.
However a free parking pass scheme provided by the Council, put in place to support NHS staff and volunteers, and those working in the care sector will remain
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said:
“We’re now coming up to the next phase of lockdown and preparing to reopen our city centre for the first time in months. As the Government guidance is for people to avoid public transport where possible, we know there will be significantly more traffic on roads as people travel in their cars and on bikes.
“The data shows that we’re now back up to 68% of normal traffic levels and we believe this will rise even further from the 15th June.
“As a Council, we’re working hard to introduce new measures to make it easier for people to walk and cycle to their destinations, but we know that this is not always possible and so expect roads to become much busier by the end of the month. We need to make sure that there are enough parking spaces for everyone who needs one, which is why we’ve taken this decision. But please be assured that we are still providing free parking for NHS and care workers who need to park in the city centre.
“I’d therefore like to remind everyone to please be considerate and make sure you park safely and appropriately as you travel.”
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