Spotlight on action to ease traffic hold-ups

Councillor Ian Auckland
Councillor Ian Auckland
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A STRATEGY to speed up journey times on Ecclesall Road is going under the public spotlight.

Proposals designed to help bus passengers, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists include changing some junctions and road markings, reducing the length of bus lanes and moving bus stops.

Hunters Bar roundabout could shrink so that three lanes are created, although the council says: “We will be careful to make sure that the heritage and pleasant look of the roundabout is maintained”.

Residents, businesses, commuters and visitors are being invited to give their response to proposed changes as part of the ‘Ecclesall Road Smart Route’.

So far four ‘hotspots’ have emerged – Hunters Bar roundabout, Hungingtower Road to Carterknowle Road, Moore Street roundabout and Rustlings Road to Greystones Road.

Consultation leaflets have been posted, feedback can be given online at www.smartroutes.co.uk/ecclesallroad and an information line on 0845 303 0343. A drop-in session is being held at the Polish Catholic Centre in Ecclesall Road on Wednesday from 2.30pm to 7.00pm.

Coun Ian Auckland, member of the council’s cabinet and Integrated Transport Authority member, said: “We have been working closely with the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, looking at what the public have told us were their priorities.

“Detailed plans are now on the table and we want people who use the road to help us make them work as well as they can.”