Clean Air Rotherham

Bellows Road Improvements


The Council is making improvements to the junction between Bellows Road and Rawmarsh High Street. These changes aim to make it easier for pedestrians to cross, and for buses to emerge from Bellows Road.

As part of the Council’s ongoing plans to reduce harmful nitrogen dioxide levels produced by large diesel vehicles, there is a plan to divert some of the existing bus services away from the A633 Rawmarsh Hill to Barbers Avenue. The Council has previously consulted on these proposals as part of the broader Clean Air Consultation in 2019.

There are also improvements for cyclists and pedestrians to aim to make active travel easier for local people.

See here for the previous consultation and the results

The Changes

The changes are:

  • Traffic light control introduced at the junction
  • New bus lanes
  • New pedestrian crossings to replace the existing subway
  • Closure and filling in of the existing subway
  • Introduction of a layby for parking

New traffic lights at junction will improve access for buses servicing Bellows Road, Green Lane and Barbers Avenue. New bus lanes in the southbound direction and the bus priority signal means that buses will have priority ahead of queuing traffic. This will help to reduce journey and waiting times for bus users. Bus lanes will apply at all times.

Cyclists will be able to use the bus lanes. A filter signal will be provided to ensure southbound cyclists are not affected by the bus priority signal.

The pedestrian subway on the A633 will be filled in and replaced with a two-stage traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing. As part of the signalisation of the junction a pedestrian crossing will be introduced across Bellows Road. The scheme will also include some minor improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.

The signals will prioritise buses. This means minimising the time buses spend waiting at the traffic lights. Additionally this will mean that buses can emerge from Bellows Road more reliably. There will be a small amount of delay for traffic – vehicular traffic on the A633 is expected to be delayed by around 20 seconds on average in the worst case. Click here to see an illustration of the proposed changes

Bellows road clean air improvements map.