Cash runs out for road safety scheme at park

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A ROAD safety scheme to reduce the risk of accidents near a Sheffield park is being put on hold because of insufficient funding.

There have been nine accidents in the last five years in which people have been injured on a section of Loxley Road near the junction with Long Lane, Loxley.

Two involved pedestrian casualties, one of whom was injured seriously.

Sheffield Council officers say planned redevelopment of a recreation ground next to Loxley Road will ‘lead to an increase in the number of children crossing the road at this point’.

The speed limit is 40mph, which would be reduced to 30mph and a pedestrian refuge island built in the middle of the road.

A short stretch of Loxley Road towards Bradfield would be made 40mph to provide a ‘buffer zone’ before the 30mph limit to slow drivers down.

The council says the £47,000 project would have to be paid from the Northern Community Assembly’s highways budget, but there is insufficient funding.

The assembly is already committed to one road safety scheme on Rodney Hill, near Loxley School, which will cost £65,000, leaving just £46,000.

Another large scheme, for traffic calming on High Street, Ecclesfield, is also too expensive to receive funding because it will cost £60,000 to £70,000.

But officers dispute whether the project, requested by residents, is necessary because they say congestion and existing traffic calming measures mean ‘the risk of an injury accident at this location does not appear to be high’.

The schemes will be discussed at a meeting of the assembly, on Wednesday, at Newton Memorial Hall, Chapeltown, from 6.30pm.