Sustrans Sheffield

Activities of the Sheffield Sustrans Ranger group.

Monday, 19 December 2011

TPT Improvements in Sheffield

Tenders are due in this week for next stage of Blackburn Valley Route – Chapeltown Greenway (Grange Lane to Cowley Hill).  The works should be complete by June. The council will then look to complete next section  - from Cowley Hill to Thorncliffe Road - towards end of next financial year.

After much complaint about the state of this section, a bound surface (tarmac) will be installed on 1km of Tongue Gutter at Parsons Cross in New Year, which will be a welcome improvement to the area.  It is hoped further surfacing will come on board as / when funding is identified.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Workday on 10th December

Tim Hess, Volunteer co-ordinator for Sheffield North, writes: 

It was a chilly day for Tim Allen and me. Having stopped at a timber merchants in the morning we headed off to Greno Woods with two woodern 3 x 2 posts and some vinyl signs. The locations we had spied in the early autumn that needed signage were easy to spot and nature had cleared the vegetation for us.

We noticed again that the gates into Greno Woods from Wharnclifffe Side were left open and it will be only a matter of time before a car will end up being dumped somewhere in the woods. We will have to chase Street Force again and also the Wildlife Trust about this matter.

On route and just before a lunch of hot soup and a cup of cocoa we headed to Parsons Cross and installed as many signs as possible to cover up the inadequate work at the Asda and Penistone road junction. There is still a need to go up and install a lot more temporary signs on the entire route cover up for the lack of attention to detail from recent work – unfortunately we ran out of sign stickers.

After our signage work and digging we then headed off for a ride through Wharncliffe Woods to help produce a Treasure Hunt for school children on the Wortley to Grenoside Section. The work at Plank Gate looks pretty much complete. We realised that there is not many me memorable features of this route other than stunning woodland and mountain views. It took some creativity to come up with ideas for the treasure hunt.
It looks like there will be a need for new signs in the area to supplement the lovely wood carved markers that mark out the route when there is a number change. However, I think after our day’s signing work the signage should be up to standard in this area. Perhaps it needs someone to try to navigate this section and give an independent view.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Connect 2 Killamarsh Progress

The contractor has made good progress on the embankments and bridge foundations & abutments over the last
month, but of course now we are heading into the bad weather.

The river bridge lift is now scheduled for Sunday 15th January.  At the moment, it looks like it will be around 7am in the morning (following the overnight rail bridge lift). 

Sustrans are going to issue a press release about the River Rother bridge lift and there could be a bike ride, or even a chartered tram for cyclists, to watch the event. 

SCC is looking to advance some of planned 'Phase2' works into this financial year, although we're still waiting on cost to know for certain. The first part of these works would be vegetation - small tree branches, shrubs, brambles - clearance along the corridor of the Phase2 route and there could be scope for a team of Rangers/ volunteers to help with the clearance work (or a defined section of the clearance work) in mid-late January.


Sunday, 4 December 2011

Problems in Parsons Cross

Problem 1

Dumped cable on side of trail needs removal

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Problem 2

Trail heading toward Shire Green and Ecclesfield, trail too narrow and poor poorly surfaced. Not of suitable standard for cycle trail recommend cycle dismount signs until surfaces is upgraded

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Problem 3

Trail joining Hartley Brook Avenue need a permanent sign. All stickers get removed too quickly in this area. Gates is permanently open and will encourage cars / motorbikes

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Problem 4

Need a permanent sign at junction of Hartley Brook Rd and Molineaux Rd, no directions available

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Problem 5

Need a permanent sign at junction of Hartley Brook Rd and Barnsley Rd , no directions available

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Problem 6

Route in green space parallel to Deerlands Avenue too narrow unsuitable for cyclists. Diversions have been put up by Simon Geller. This route needs completely resurfacing before it is appropriate for cyclists.

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Problem 7

Roadworks on A61, no temporary signs to direct cyclists

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Problem 8

Gate left open to vehicles – is this part of works within Greeno Woods?

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Problem 9

Again gate left open to vehicles – is this part of works within Greeno Woods?

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Problem 10

Found a signage issue on Bridge Inn Rd. Not sure where quite from my notes.

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Thanks to Jon Fyne and Tim Allen