New Sheffield 20mph zones to be rolled out

Eleven new 20mph speed limits could be rolled out in Sheffield.
Eleven new 20mph speed limits could be rolled out in Sheffield.

Eleven new 20mph zones are set to be rolled out across Sheffield this year after plans were approved.

The residential areas to next have the zones will be in Gleadless Valley, Hillsborough, Woodhouse, Meadowhead, Stannington, Manor, Greystones, Firth Park, Wincobank and Hurlfield.

A report to Sheffield Council’s cabinet members, who backed the plan, said the first to go ahead would be Gleadless Valley, but residents will be consulted before the zones are implemented.

The total cost of these 11 areas – which follow 14 that have already been introduced – is £610,000.

The report said: “Reducing the speed of traffic in residential areas will, in the long term, reduce the number and severity of accidents, reduce the fear of accidents,encourage sustainable modes of travel and contribute towards the creation of a more pleasant, cohesive environment.”

About a third of the city’s residential streets will be covered by 20mph zones by the 2015-16 financial year.

However, they are not always popular with householders who have concerns they cannot be enforced.

At the same meeting on Thursday, objections to two previously-approved 20mph zones were heard.

Residents raised concerns about plans for Hackenthorpe and the London Road area of Sheffield.

One objection to the Hackenthorpe scheme read: “It is my view these proposals are a wholly disproportionate response to any perceived issues with the current speeds limits.”

However, councillors agreed with council officers that the benefits of the two schemes outweighed the objections received.