Mayor Ros Jones’s cabinet agreed to receive the cash from the Sheffield City Region as a continuation of the Quality Streets scheme.
The scheme includes a mix of traffic management, street lighting, junction improvements, active travel provision, landscaping and environmental improvements, as well as the provision of new digital infrastructure.
Infrastructure improvements include:
• Cycle lanes• Highway improvements including single carriageway and road narrowing• Public realm improvements• Improved bus stops and real time information points• Installation of ducting to enable digital infrastructure provision to improve digital connectivity
Upon completion, the scheme will result in 1.4km of segregated cycle lanes on Wood Street, Cleveland Street, Duke Street and St Sepulchre Gate providing cycle routes from Waterdale to the railway station forecourt.
The highway improvements include narrowing the highway to accommodate the new cycle lanes across all four streets.
Wood Street will become one way from Prince Gate towards Cleveland Street and Cleveland Street bus gate will remain and become a ‘one way outbound’ route.
Plans also include relocating the taxi rank on St Sepulchre Gate and removing pay and display parking on Duke Street and Wood Street.
St Sepulchre Gate, Duke Street, Cleveland Street and Wood Street will also benefit from works which will include new paving, wider footpaths, trees, new lighting and CCTV.
Coun Bill Mordue, cabinet member for economic development, said that the wider pavements would support more businesses able to offer al fresco dining.
He added that works are expected to start in June and be completed on a ‘street by street’ basis starting with St Sepulchre Gate, moving onto Duke Street, Cleveland Street and finishing on Wood Street. The works are set to be completed by 2023.
Mayor Jones said: “This is really good and will enhance people getting around town and getting people more active through cycling and walking.
“This brings more greenery to much of our town centre and brings about a real quality town centre so I’m delighted to see this and subject to the mayoral combined authority on March 22, I’d be delighted to see this scheme progress as quickly as possible.”