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Dear Transport Executive, Messenger
and New Deal,
I read in the Sheffield Star that not
many residents near the proposed new tram routes (Ranmoor
et al) had responded to consultation leaflets delivered to
We didn’t get a leaflet, as we live in
the Pitsmoor/Burngreave area. However, if we had, we certainly
would have replied with an enthusiastic YES!
I think it’s wrong for the better-off
end of Sheffield to be prioritised – I understand that
there is a traffic problem there, but through traffic also
chokes up Owler Lane through Fir Vale and Barnsley/Burngreave
Roads through Burngreave – why should we put up with
it just because we live in the less-leafy suburbs?
In the ten years I’ve lived in Sheffield,
I’ve seen enormous improvements all along the tram route
to Meadowhall – retail parks and call centres, new jobs
and businesses, new leisure and retail areas. West Street
was a bit scruffy back then, a bit like the Wicker is now.
The tram has helped bring new life to this area – now
you can’t stop people building new bars, shops and apartments
there! Could the tram help the Wicker to be as vibrant a part
of the city centre as West Street, but serving our own diverse
and culturally-rich community?
A tram route through the Wicker, up Spital Hill/Burngreave/
Barnsley Roads, could link the Hallamshire and Northern General
Hospitals and revitalise our fantastic corner of the city.
(It could even go out to Barnsley, letting it earn its ‘South
Yorkshire Supertram’ name for real). It could come through
Fir Vale to Rotherham via Meadowhall, getting rid of some
of the traffic that chokes up this part of the city.
Would the people of Burngreave agree that our
community would welcome the investment and improvements which
could be offered by the tram? Could BNDfC regeneration money
help to give ‘added value’ to such a scheme?
I’d like to know if this has been discussed.
If there’s enough support I’m sure a community
campaign to bring the tram through Burngreave could be launched.
Yours, Craig Pugh
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(South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive)