A blueprint for Sheffield’s transport network and how it can meet the challenges of a changing, diverse and creative city has been launched.
Sheffield’s Transport Strategy sets out a vision for the next 20 years to deal with the impacts of the arrival of HS2, the creation of thousands of new jobs in the city centre and delivery of new homes that people need, as detailed in the soon-to-be-launched local plan consultation.
The Strategy spells out how Sheffield is a city undergoing significant change and growth. Not only is the population growing and living longer, but more people are expected to stay in Sheffield and in particular, live in the city centre.
Transport has a key role to play in addressing future challenges whilst delivering benefits which can be shared by all. Transport connects people to opportunities and services and helps people do business
It contributes significantly to the wider sustainability agenda whether it is improving air quality or reducing the city’s carbon footprint, in line with the council’s recently-published clean air strategy.
The new approach sets out how it is planned to make Sheffield easier to get around, better connected and for people to be able to travel safely and in sustainable ways.
Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for transport and development at SCC, said: “We can make Sheffield a place where everyone can access opportunities without mobility constraints and with minimum delay.
“Together, we can reduce the negative impacts of transport, improve safety and enhance quality of life. There will be some disruption and improvements might take decades. But these ambitious transport interventions are necessary to help Sheffield reach its true potential.
“The stark truth is that given the challenges we face, we can no longer simply carry on in the old way. The overwhelming majority of trips are made by private motor car, resulting in far too much pollution and congestion.
“We must move away from a “car first” approach and give the necessary priority to the most “space efficient” ways of travelling. We need to make it as affordable, safe, convenient and as natural as possible for people to make the right travel choices for themselves, their community and their city. This means public transport that works for everyone and safe walking and cycling for shorter trips.
“This is how we propose to free up the space on our highways for trips that are critical for our economy.
“Getting this right for Sheffield and building the great transport system our city deserves is a huge prize.”
The Strategy builds on the Transport Vision which saw nearly 2,000 people respond when it went to consultation earlier this year. Further engagement is planned should the Strategy be adopted by Cabinet. More work will then be undertaken to determine the multi-million pound schemes which will help deliver this new era for transport in the city.