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Work starts on Broomhill social distancing measures

Road works sign

Work will begin this weekend to temporarily widen the footpath outside of Broomhill shopping precinct to create space for social distancing and opportunities for active travel in the area.

The parking area outside of Sainsbury’s and Morrisons has been temporarily suspended to ensure there is space for residents to social distance more easily. Amey, on behalf of Sheffield City Council, will begin work this weekend on the new widened footpath.

As all parking is currently suspended whilst the work is completed, two new disabled bays have been created on Spooner Road and Taptonville Road whilst the work is taking place. Once the work is complete, two of the original bays will also be reopened, doubling the disabled parking provision in the area.

The scheme is set to be completed by the bank holiday weekend (30th August) and is part of the Council’s active travel measures, which uses emergency government funding to make temporary changes to highways to create space for social distancing, as well as increased capacity for walking and cycling.

Recent active travel measures in Sheffield have included pedestrianising areas in the city centre such as Pinstone Street and Division Street, as well as pop-up cycle lanes, footpath widening and low traffic neighbourhoods in Kelham Island.

The Council has worked with local councillors to develop the scheme and identify locations in communities that could benefit from the new measures.

Councillor Angela Argenzio, Councillor for Broomhill and Sharrowvale, said: 

“As businesses begin to reopen, it’s essential that we put measures in place to keep our residents as safe as possible. The creation of a traffic-free area outside of the shopping precinct will create more space for people to social distance and get back to their usual daily routines with additional safety measures in place.

“Although these changes may take a while to get used to, they are in place to benefit everyone and minimise the risk of Covid-19.”

Councillor Kaltum Rivers added: 

“The recent lockdown gave a lot of people the opportunity to incorporate walking and cycling into their daily routines in a way that they wouldn’t usually do. It’s really important that we now introduce changes to our communities that make it easier and safer for people to continue making these healthy choices in the future so that they can benefit from the long term positive effects of this scheme and others in the city.

“The results of this temporary scheme will give us insight into what works well for Broomhill and what we could improve, which is vital to successfully planning ahead for the area.”

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability for Sheffield City Council, said:

“It has been incredibly useful to work with local opposition councillors in developing this particular scheme so they can help to shape how it is implemented for their area. We will continue to work with them to develop this project and identify any opportunities for further schemes that could benefit the community.”