A new route in Sheffield city center for the commuter is set to launch this summer

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Surrey Street and Leopold Street will be linked to allow the passage of a new “Freebee” which will circle the city center every 10 minutes.

A spokeswoman for Sheffield City Council said: ‘It is currently under development, fine details have yet to be approved. The implementation will take place during the summer.

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The launch of the original FreeBee bus in Sheffield in 2007

The update comes after The Star won a campaign to bring back the FreeBee to boost town center commerce and help passengers affected by a traffic ban on Pinstone Street.

The authority announced in March that a diesel bus would be in service by the end of the summer, linking key destinations such as Fargate, The Moor and Sheffield Midland Station. Government-funded electric vehicles would come later, should a bid win.

Pinstone Street was closed to traffic in June 2020 and more than 30 buses were diverted to stops up to a quarter mile away, on Rockingham Street and Arundel Gate.

Open road: Surrey Street will be connected to Léopold Street.

Surrey Street has become a dead end. Rue Léopold has become a dead end in the direction of Rue Pinstone. The road in the other direction from Barker’s Pool remained open.

The downtown shuttle will be free for people with a ticket and for a small flat-rate supplement for others.

In addition to the new route, buses will be given priority on Arundel Gate in an effort to speed up travel and improve air quality.

Roadworks will link Surrey Street and Leopold Street – creating a new route that runs through the heart of the city center – while Pinstone Street will remain closed to traffic. Photo: Google.

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Pinstone Street was closed to traffic in 2020.
Councilor Douglas Johnson, left, and Councilor Terry Fox.
Roadworks will link Surrey Street and Leopold Street – creating a new route that runs through the heart of the city center – while Pinstone Street will remain closed to traffic. Photo: Google.
Councilor Douglas Johnson, left, and Councilor Terry Fox.
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