New drive to improve safety roundabout next to campus

Bank, immediately next to the roundabout, and Upper Hanover Street, between Brook Hill and Glossop Road.

The university wants to make it easier and safer to get around a campus that is dissected by two main roads. “We need to make it safer for students, staff and members of the public to get from one part of the campus to another,” said director of estates and facilities management Keith Lilley.

Brook Hill roundabout has long been recognised as problematic because of its size and volume of traffic passing through it, while trams are routed underground. In particular, cyclists have described is as one of the most dangerous in the country.

The council is looking at changes with a view to Government funding through the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund, which is directed by private and public sector representatives.

David Caulfield, the council’s director of regeneration and development, said: “We are starting to explore the options, but it’s early days. The aim is to improve traffic flows through the roundabout in a smarter way. We’ll explore whether the best solution is a roundabout or a ‘super junction’ or a ‘super crossing’, but it is too early to say. We’ll have to make the case for funding.”

Both the council and the university say no changes would be made to traffic in and around the campus that would make things more difficult.

“We are absolutely committed to making sure traffic flows are maintained and where possible improved,” said Mr Lilley.

Part of the university’s strategy in its masterplan is to move cars to the periphery of the campus.

Construction of a multi-storey car park is due to start in the summer to replace the Durham Road car park. The university says it is not looking to increase overall parking capacity, and points to its green travel plan.

A 250 space cycle hub is due to open near the Graves Building in October or November.