The Department for Transport has awarded the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) £570 million to invest in sustainable transport schemes across the county. Quadrant Transport looks in more detail at the Sheffield initiatives and how they will boost sustainability in the city.
Funding from the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement will support schemes for the next five years in Yorkshire, and the delivery will be managed by SYMCA.
In Sheffield, several priority bus routes will be established, and improvements will be seen to the Supertram. In addition, transport facilities will be improved through the bus network and the introduction of zero emission buses.
Making The Transport Industry Sustainable Will Contribute To Reaching Net Zero
Aiming to transform the city’s transport infrastructure to encourage walking, cycling and travel by public transport, the latest funding complements the work that is already in progress in Sheffield through the Connecting Sheffield schemes.
Co-Chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee, Cllr Julie Grocutt, said: “We are committed to safer and more sustainable travel, and it is fantastic that Sheffield, as well as the wider region, has secured the funding it needs to see out its ambitions. We will work alongside the people of Sheffield through consultation to deliver these important changes.
“This year alone, through the Connecting Sheffield initiative, we have introduced the Sheaf Valley Cycle route and reintroduced the city centre shuttle bus, Sheffield Connect.
“We will continue to make progress towards a more sustainable and safer transport network both through the City Region Settlement and the Council’s already ambitious plans.”
As England’s fourth-largest city it is crucial we can offer a travel network that residents deserve, and it is more important than ever that the service on offer is sustainable in line with our goal of achieving net zero carbon by 2030.
An Improved Active Travel Network Will Bring Communities Together
There are many initiatives that are currently taking place in Sheffield, the first is the Further Active Travel and Public Realm improvement in the city centre, which sees improvements to cycle links across Sheffield and public space enhancement.
An improved active travel network to the communities north of the city centre will be seen, this includes a connection to the Northern General Hospital.
Via the Northern General Hospital, a priority for buses along the A6135 will take place from the city centre to Chapeltown, Ecclesfield and Firth Park.
In addition to this, buses will be given priority along the A61 from the Meadowhead roundabout to connect the south and the north of the city, and from the city centre to communities including Stannington, Wisewood and Grenoside, including investigations into junctions at Penistone Road and Halifax Road.
There will be increased Park and Ride capacity and supporting amenities including electric charging points for vehicles, family and disabled parking bays, waiting facilities, cycle standards, cycle lockers, and potentially mobility scooter lockers.
The final key initiative that is currently taking place in Sheffield is the improvements being made to the Supertram. These include the refurbishment of vehicles, new shelters, CCTV, passenger information points, and improved pedestrian crossings.
Sheffield Aims To See A Zero Emission Fleet
Wider projects that will boost sustainable transport in the Yorkshire area are bus service and network improvements and zero emission buses.
Improvements to bus service and network will provide Sheffield with better bus journey times, reliability, punctuality, and customer satisfaction through the improvement of on-street facilities, interchanges, and highways.
Highways will be provided with real-time detection of buses at traffic signals and addressing key delay points.
Electric zero emission buses are aiming to contribute to the target of operating a zero emission fleet in Sheffield, this includes Community Transport and charging points at Interchanges, on street and at depots.