City center visitors will soon be able to board a new shuttle bus that will take them to key destinations such as Fargate, The Moor and Sheffield Midland Station.
The new plans announced today will make getting around the city center quicker and easier.
The Connecting Sheffield: City Center program focuses on improving connections for people traveling in and around the city centre, with a focus on better walking, cycling and public transport routes. Under these plans, Pinstone Street will continue to be pedestrianized and a shuttle bus will provide free or low-cost travel to and around the city center for all.
Leopold Street and Surrey Street will be reopened on the new shuttle route, to allow buses to turn right.
In addition to these amenities, buses will also be given priority at the Arundel Gate to speed travel and improve air quality on one of the city’s busiest roads.
Sheffield City Council leader Cllr Terry Fox said: “Travelling these days is more than just getting from point A to point B and these plans will ensure that people in Sheffield and visitors to our city have more options when traveling, with choices healthier and safer routes that are also better for the environment.
“We talked to businesses and locals about the idea of a shuttle and the idea was very well received. We want to make changes that will make a real difference to people who live, work and visit downtown and we will continue to engage with people as we develop our plans.
“We have worked with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and hope the Government will provide us with a zero emissions shuttle as part of their ZEBRA fund, but we recognize that this may take some time so we will be putting a version of the shuttle in place earlier until we can go electric.
“The transformation of our transport links is key to our plans for the future of the city centre. It’s an exciting step in the right direction.
To ensure that a service can start operating as soon as possible, a Euro VI diesel bus will be used before the transition to an electric bus after confirmation of funding.
The Connecting Sheffield plans have been designed to complement the wide range of regeneration work underway to transform the area, including the £470m Heart of the City scheme, which is taking shape in the city centre, as well as new investments to rejuvenate Fargate and Castlegate.
Cllr Fox added:
“The Connecting Sheffield: City Center program will support the city’s economic growth and thus attract more people and investment. We know that people across the country already see Sheffield as a desirable place to start a business and move to, and it’s important that we have the infrastructure in place to meet the demand and adapt to the changes town centers.
“These plans are huge for Sheffield and our ambition to be a fair and inclusive city. We are known as the Outdoor City and our transport will reflect our reputation.
The downtown shuttle will be free for people with a valid transport ticket, with a small flat rate for people without a ticket.