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Pinstone Street Social Distancing Measures To Be Upgraded, Become “Semi-Permanent”

Pinstone Street, Sheffield
Pinstone Street, Sheffield. Photo: Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council have started work on upgrading Social Distancing measures that were temporarily introduced on Pinstone Street.

Pinstone Street Social Distancing Measures Upgraded

A number of improvements are being made to the temporary social distancing measures introduced on Pinstone Street.

Current barriers are being replaced with an high kerb lined with planters, and a new crossing will be introduced connecting to Cambridge Street.

The improvements will make the area more attractive and a safe environment for people to maintain social distancing.

“Social distancing remains essential in our efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Sheffield and is likely to be needed for some time, so it’s important that our city centre can support this going forwards.

“The upgrading of this scheme will create a safe, attractive area in the heart of the city, which is really important as people start to travel into the centre to return to work and support our local businesses.”Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and sustainability

Transition to “semi-permanent” scheme on Pinstone Street

The transition of the Pinstone Street social distancing measures will take approximately six weeks to complete.

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As a result of the changes, bus routes will continue to be diverted to travel from Charter Square to Arundel Gate.

Sheffield’s Social Distancing Measures

These upgrades follow a number of social distancing measures introduced across the city following the easing of lockdown.

Roads have been closed and cycle lanes introduced around Kelham Island and Shalesmoor to create a “low traffic neighbourhood”.

Additionally, work is underway to remove some car parking spaces and widen footpaths around Fulwood Road at Broomhill.

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Additional funding requested for active travel schemes

A key aim of current measures going forward is to introduce more active travel routes for cycling and walking around Sheffield.

Residents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible instead of using motor transport. Active travel helps to maintain people’s health in the fight against COVID-19 into the long-term and can have a huge effect on the city’s environmental targets moving forward.

As a result, Sheffield City Council have submitted a bid for government funding to improve active travel routes.

Further schemes would include cycle improvements in the Sheaf Valley and new low traffic neighbourhoods in Crookes and Nether Edge.

Sheffield City Centre Social Distancing Measures

Upgrades to Pinstone Street form part of a number of social distancing measures in the city centre, including:

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  • Pinstone Street (Surrey Street to Cross Burgess Street):
    • Closed to traffic between 10am and 6pm
    • No traffic will be able to exit Pinstone Street via Furnival Gate.
    • Widened footway to assist social distancing
  • Pinstone Street (Surrey Street to Cross Burgess Street):
    • Closed to traffic between 10am and 6pm
    • Closed at Cross Burgess Street (no traffic to exit Pinstone Street via Furnival Gate)
    • Widened footway to assist social distancing
  • Pinstone Street Southbound (Cross Burgess Street to Furnival Gate):
    • Closed to traffic
    • Servicing available from a newly constructed loading/unloading area built on Union Street.
    • Widened footway to assist social distancing
  • Pinstone Street Northbound (Furnival Gate to Cross Burgess Street):
    • Traffic is able to travel from Furnival Gate to Cross Burgess Street on Pinstone Street.
    • Servicing available from a newly constructed loading/unloading area built on Union Street.
    • Widened footway to assist social distancing
  • Surrey Street:
    • Closed at the junction with Pinstone Street (no access to Pinstone Street via Surrey Street)
  • Leopold Street (Church Street towards Town Hall):
    • Closed to traffic from 10am to 6pm
    • Widened footway to assist social distancing
  • Leopold Street (northbound):
    • No U turn available to take traffic back on Leopold Street towards Town hall
  • Bus Services:
    • Services entering the City Centre from West Street are diverted via Carver Street to Charter Row with temporary bus stops placed along this route
    • Bus services that use Pinstone Street coming from High Street/Church Street are diverted along Arundel Gate to Furnival Gate
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