Crosspool Forum Open Meeting
Download a summary of bullet points from last Thursday’s meeting:
Crosspool Forum Open Meeting 29 October 2015 (PDF, 94KB)
From Councillor Geoff Smith
At the Crosspool Forum meeting on 29 October concern was raised about the decision to move the white line on a section of Sandygate Road. This had been raised with me previously and I had found out that it was a decision taken by the Council’s traffic engineers to improve the safety of cyclists being overtaken going up the hill and to slow traffic coming down the hill. I realised before the meeting that many local residents were sceptical about this and were concerned that it would make accidents more likely. This concern was clearly shared by many at the meeting.
After the meeting I raised this again with the Council’s traffic engineers. They informed me that after zone works are complete a zone audit is carried out by Amey’s road safety audit team. They are qualified road safety auditors. The audits comply with national guidance and are specified in the contract between Sheffield City Council and Amey.
This particular zone may not be fully completed until May of next year. So I have requested that, given the public concern, an audit of the Sandygate Road marking change is carried out on its own as quickly as possible, and that the outcome is made public.
This an update on my previous email following some further communication I have had with Council staff and clarification of the whole process. It changes who is carrying out the audit.
Transport Planning in the Council suggested the marking change as part of Cycle PFI Opportunities and Transport Planning provided the brief for Amey designers. Amey then designed the changes and Amey Road Safety auditors audited the design changes before they were implemented.
In this instance, as Amey have carried out the first audit, then there is an element of them doing the same thing twice, so this audit will be carried out instead by the Council’s Road Safety auditors who have not had any involvement in the process. This provides more independence.
I have also been informed that the audit should be completed in January.
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