It’s taken months of detailed planning and careful collaborative working, but now drivers in Sheffield are starting to reap the benefits of a £3m scheme which has seen some of the city’s busiest roads resurfaced.
Sheffield City Council’s highways contractor, Amey, is close to completing improvement works on a seven-mile stretch of road from Tinsley into the city centre, as part of the Streets Ahead programme.
A number of the city’s main routes stretching from the Rotherham border at Tinsley, past the M1 and Meadowhall and into the city centre have been resurfaced since May.
The major scheme has been rolled out smoothly in co-ordination with Highways England before the Government agency begins scheduled work on Tinsley Viaduct.
It is the latest significant stage of the Council’s £2.2bn Streets Ahead contract with Amey, which continues to improve the roads and street scene both in residential areas as well as on main routes across the city.
Cabinet member for environment and street scene at Sheffield City Council, Councillor Lewis Dagnall said:
“Work to improve the roads around Tinsley and into the city centre has taken meticulous planning from all parties and the impact on road users during these works has remained paramount to the work schedule.
“Being one of the busiest access routes into the city, Amey have tried to keep disruption to an absolute minimum whilst this huge piece of work was undertaken.
“With Meadowhall, Centertainment and Ikea all in the vicinity, considerations around peak- shopping times and rush hour traffic had to be taken into account to ensure the work was completed as smoothly as possible.
“Now this part of the work is finished, people can start to enjoy the benefits of the brand new surfacing and continue with their journeys safely both in and out of the city.”
Resurfacing work in Carbrook and Attercliffe was carried out in stages to minimise disruption for local residents and businesses and road diversions were in place to ensure people could still reach their destination.
As well as the resurfacing, improvements were made to the green space at Tinsley Roundabout last year, when the area was cleared of unsightly vegetation and tidied up.
Streets Ahead Network Account Manager Nick Hetherington said:
“Completion of these roads in the city is a major milestone as it is such a busy route used by residents, business and visitors to Sheffield. We continue to work hard on behalf of the city, resurfacing major arterial routes as well as inner city roads upgrading the road network and maintaining it for years to come.”
Over the first five years, 727 miles of roads – some 65% of the Sheffield network- have been given a new lease of life as part of the Streets Ahead programme. Extensive resurfacing will continue in future years to ensure that the road network remains in good condition for all users.
To find out more about the Streets Ahead programme visit: www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead