Council u-turn on Sheffield bus lane which would see 129 trees being axed

Campaigners gather at the spot where the council intend to build a bus lane
Campaigners gather at the spot where the council intend to build a bus lane

Controversial plans to axe more than 120 trees to make way for a bus lane in Sheffield could be shelved.

Coun Terry Fox, council cabinet member for transport and the environment, said, if no viable option was found, the bus lane plan along Prospect Road and Myrtle Road in Heeley could be axed altogether.

He said: “Behind the scenes, a huge amount of work is ongoing to find the best possible solution.

“We are still looking at alternatives to the current design, which could further minimise the loss of trees and green space. Before progressing to consultation, we want to find the best scheme we can.

“We have been listening to all those who have concerns about the project and will liaise with stakeholders, as well as all other involved parties before progressing to public consultation.

“If a viable alternative cannot be found, then all options will be considered, including shelving a scheme in that location altogether.”

Dave Dilner, chairman of Save Heeley Trees Say No to the Bus Lane, welcomed the news.

He said: “This is terrific news, it gives us some much needed time to push on and see this through to the end.”

The original plans would have meant 188 trees being chopped down for the bus lane, although, after meetings and consultations with residents, the scheme was scaled down to 129 trees being felled.

Mr Dilner said: “We will not sit idly by and watch our local environment be destroyed for a for a totally needless bus lane.

“This won’t improve bus times and bus frequency.”

Coun Fox said, until a solution is found, the scheme would be put back at least until spring 2016.