Please note: We have now added the online survey asking about your experience of the Nether Edge Active Neighbourhood to this page. Please scroll down to the 'Survey' section on this page to access and complete it.
The Nether Edge Active Neighbourhood aims to create a safer, cleaner and more pleasant environment for residents and local businesses to enjoy and a more attractive area for walking, cycling and spending time outdoors.
In summer 2021, we asked what you thought an Active Neighbourhood in your area could look like. Through our online survey and heatmap, you told us that you would like:
View the 2021 consultation and final report here.
The feedback we received during that consultation helped to inform the design of the Active Neighbourhood.
In May 2022, we put measures in place to create the Active Neighbourhood via an ‘Experimental Traffic Regulation Order’ (ETRO). This allowed us to hold a consultation over a six month period while we installed measures as a trial on a non-permanent basis. We asked you to share your feedback on the scheme during this trial period so we could understand how the Active Neighbourhood was working and make any changes where necessary.
The plans originally included:
Responding to feedback from local businesses, who raised concerns that the proposed one-way restriction along Nether Edge Road and the closure of Union Road would restrict access for larger vehicles, we did not implement either of these measures. In addition, the closures on Archer Lane achieved a large enough reduction in traffic for the other closure to not go ahead. We put both pedestrian crossings in place as planned.
The map below shows the scheme as it currently stands.
To view this map as a pdf, click here.
Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback on the Active Neighbourhood trial. If you’ve sent an email, written a letter or spoken to a member of our team on the phone, please be assured that we’ve logged your feedback and our project team working on the scheme will consider it.
In July 2022, we held two community drop-in sessions where we met with residents to discuss the scheme and answer questions. We’ll also take into account the feedback from these events.
So we can monitor and evaluate the success of the Active Neighbourhood trial, we’ve conducted traffic monitoring surveys at a number of junctions across Nether Edge and the surrounding areas. These surveys capture the movements of motorised vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians between each arm of the junction.
We surveyed junctions where we anticipated a potential change in travel because of the scheme, including areas of potential traffic where traffic may have moved to another route. We also surveyed how the two controlled pedestrian crossings we implemented as part of the scheme were used.
In May 2022, before the trial began, we conducted traffic monitoring to obtain baseline data. We repeated this exercise in October 2022 and then in March 2023.
The data we captured over a 12 hour period showed some significant decreases in traffic as a result of the Active Neighbourhood. These included:
We’ve also seen some traffic moving to other routes, including an additional 1,325 vehicles (41% increase) at the Brincliffe Edge Road / Bannerdale Road junction.
Overall, we’ve seen an increase in walking and cycling at all the locations we measured, including:
You can view all the results of the traffic monitoring we’ve done so far here:
Document 1: Nether Edge Active Neighbourhood Overview: Vehicle count
Document 2: Nether Edge Active Neighbourhood Overview: Pedestrian and Cyclist count
Document 3: Vehicle Count: Abbeydale Road / Sheldon Road / Broadfield Road
Document 4: Vehicle Count: Bannerdale Road / Brincliffe Edge Road
Document 5: Vehicle Count: Sheldon Road / Nether Edge Road
Document 6: Vehicle Count: Abbeydale Road / Bannerdale Road
Document 7: Vehicle Count: Additional roads within the Nether Edge Active Neighbourhood area
Document 8: Pedestrian Crossing Usage: Psalter Lane and Osbourne Road
Document 9: Bus Journey Times Comparison: Abbeydale Road
The initial six-month period for comments on the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) for the Nether Edge Active Neighbourhood ended in November 2022. An ETRO allows measures to stay in place for up to 18 months. During the rest of the ETRO period, the scheme will remain in place while decisions are made around which elements of the trial should stay, be removed or changed.
During May 2023, we’ll be asking residents and businesses in Nether Edge for their views on how they think the Active Neighbourhood trial has changed the area.
We want to know whether the Active Neighbourhood has achieved the aims of making it a safer, cleaner and more pleasant environment for people and businesses to enjoy and a more attractive area for walking, cycling and spending time outdoors. As well as conducting face-to-face surveys, we have added the survey questions to this website.
To access and complete the survey, please click here. The survey will close on Wednesday 21st June at 9am.
We expect that a final decision on the scheme will be made by Sheffield City Council’s Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee in late summer 2023. The decision will be informed by the results of traffic monitoring surveys, feedback received during the trial period and the results of the surveys we’ll conduct in May. We’ll communicate the decision the Committee makes to the local community.
You can get in touch with the Connecting Sheffield team using the following channels:
Freephone: 0808 196 5105
Post: Freepost Connecting SHF
To access and complete the online survey asking about your experience of the Nether Edge Active Neighbourhood, please click here. The survey will close on Wednesday 21st June at 9am.
If you or someone you know is unable to access information online, please get in touch with us using the contact details above. We can arrange a different way to provide information and record feedback so that you or they can get involved.