Have your say on Rotherham’s 'Clean Air Zone' proposalsPublished Friday, 5th July 2019
Rotherham residents are being asked to give the Council their views on proposals to help improve air quality in the borough.
Rotherham Council and Sheffield City Council have been working together to develop proposals for improving air quality in response to the requirements of the government’s Air Quality Plan.
The Council has been taking steps to improve air quality in Rotherham for many years with sustainable travel initiatives, the planned introduction of electric vehicle charging points, and traffic management zones. However, even with these efforts, a number of locations within Rotherham still have high levels of harmful Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2).
Roads identified as high pollution areas within Rotherham are the Sheffield Parkway, Rawmarsh Hill in Parkgate, Fitzwilliam Road in Eastwood, and Wortley Road at Kimberworth and Thorpe Hesley.
The proposals for these areas are:
- Support to enable bus companies to introduce cleaner buses operating on Rawmarsh Hill and Fitzwilliam Road;
- Diversion of some buses away from Rawmarsh Hill onto Barbers Avenue
- A ban on HGV vehicles travelling northbound on Wortley Road and Upper Wortley Road towards the M1
- Financial support for taxi drivers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and light goods vehicle (LGV) drivers to change their vehicles to less polluting ones
- A 50mph speed limit on the Sheffield Parkway, as part of a scheme to reduce congestion at junction 33 of the M1
Although there will not be a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) charge in Rotherham, Sheffield City Council are proposing to implement a charging zone around Sheffield City Centre.
This zone would cover non-compliant buses, taxis, heavy good vehicles (HGVs) and light goods vehicles (LGVs) within (but including) the inner ring-road of the city centre. Drivers would be required to pay a charge if their vehicle does not meet minimum emissions standards.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, said: “We want to hear people’s views on these practical proposals which will enable us to reduce the amount of dangerous nitrogen dioxide emissions in these areas while at the same time keeping our commitment not to impose a clean air charge in Rotherham in the way that has become necessary in Sheffield.”
Measures will need to be in force by January 2021, and will be subject to agreement with the Government following the consultations in Rotherham and Sheffield. It is intended that any works necessary will be funded by the Government.