Bus gate hazard

Bus gate hazard
Bus gate hazard

Story: Brent Moya

Sheffield City Council again find themselves under fire over the crossing and bus lane on Burngreave Road.

The extra lane was created as part of the Better Buses Partnership of 2004 which means there are now 3 separate lanes running side by side on the same road. The scheme is part of an agreement between the Council, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and First Group to give greater priority to buses in order to avoid congestion, thus improving bus times and reliability throughout Sheffield.

However, the bus gate on Burngreave Road has caused much controversy with many believing it to be a hazard after a number of incidents involving cars hitting the traffic lights, in addition to several near misses involving pedestrians. Local resident and shop keeper Mr Patel has voiced his concern on many occasions but feels his opinion is being overlooked by Sheffield City Council.

“People objected initially as the road traffic ran very smoothly before. Several people signed a petition which was forwarded to the Council but nothing was done.”

Mr Patel’s primary concern is for the safety of pedestrians who are stood at the kerb side before crossing.

“The problem is we have 3 lanes at this intersection and that means the passing traffic is much closer to pedestrians who are waiting to cross. People have had to jump out of the way on numerous occasions and I can't help but feel we are waiting for an accident to happen here.”

There has also been some confusion as to why the crossing outside Mr Patel’s shop remains unmarked.

“We try our best to tell customers about crossing, why can't they make it more obvious. Everyone seems to be moaning now saying they wish this had never been built.”

The Messenger has asked the Council if it will review the junction, but we have yet to receive a response.

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