FROM Sunday 14 June, some city centre buses will be diverted as parts of Pinstone Street are closed to all traffic, except pedestrians and cyclists.
The road closure - part of Sheffield City Council’s scheme to support social distancing, walking and cycling and to help stop the spread of Covid-19 – means a number of bus services will be temporarily diverted in the city centre.
“We’ve worked with bus operators to respond quickly to these changes, diverting some city centre bus routes and allocating new stops. All services that used to stop on Pinstone Street will be diverted, either along Arundel Gate or along Carver Street”, says South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s (SYPTE) Director of Transport Operations, Pat Beijer.
“Bus services coming into the city centre from West Street will be rerouted along Charles Street and services from High Street (stop HS2) and services towards Ecclesall Road will use new stops on Arundel Gate. However, they are still operating to their normal routes across the rest of the city centre.”
“We’re continuing to ask people to avoid public transport where possible to allow those who need to make essential journeys, and who have no alternative, to stay safe and to help contain the spread of coronavirus. With social distancing measures in place, Sheffield’s buses will only be able to carry a fraction of the passengers they used to. We’re urging those who can, to try walking or cycling instead and Sheffield City Council’s scheme will offer an excellent opportunity for people to do this.”
The following bus stops will no longer be in use and will be clearly marked with details of the alternative stops:
• Pinstone Street - TH1, TH2 and TH3 (next to the Peace Gardens) and MH1 (Moorhead)
• Leopold Street - CH1 (opposite All Bar One) and CH2 (close to Virgin Money)
• High Street - HS5 (outside RBS) with services using HS4 instead; HS3 (outside McDonalds) with services using HS2 (outside Sports Direct) instead and services normally using HS2 will use new stops on Arundel Gate.
Face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from Monday 15 June.
Information about Sheffield city centre bus changes will be available at affected stops, online at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/en-gb/news/sheffcentre/, via Traveline on 01709 515151 and Twitter @TSYAlerts.
Further details about Sheffield City Council’s Pinstone Street scheme can be found at https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/roads-pavements/changes-footpaths-highways-covid-19.html