The Station Situation
We are a pressure group uniting a wide range of groups, individuals, organisations and communities, in a campaign to stop East Midlands Trains installing barriers at Sheffield Station. Ticket barriers will prevent many people walking through the station to gain access to the city centre or the tram stop which is at the back of the station.
Why do we oppose it?
Sheffield is proud of the station and the region has spent £50 million on the award-winning refurbishment of the station and the immediate vicinity. The resulting refurbishment is described as a world class gateway to the city (In this SYPTE article.)
The footbridge links communities and organisations on both sides of the station. It is one of the few truly integrated transport networks in the area uniting as is does, the tram stop, the station and the Sheffield Interchange (explained on this council video). The bridge is particularly important for wheel chair and push chair users as the only alternative bridge is completely inaccessible, so a very large diversion would be required. Go here to see a Sheffield Council photo presentation on the area, including the alternative bridge (pdf document).
The link through the station is also central to the City regeneration strategy as it provides a direct route for future occupants of the massive Park Hill scheme to access the Golden Route into the city centre.
At a full Council meeting in May 2011, the Council renewed their unanimous opposition to gates. < /p>
A wide variety of people use the footbridge everyday including
- Staff and Students at Castle centre of the Sheffield College
- Staff and Students at Sheffield Hallam University
- Sheffield Wild Life Trust
- Staff working on the Park Hill development
- Staff and pupils at All Saints school and a number of other primary schools in the immediate vicinity
- Staff, parents and children of the Grace Owen Nursery newly reopened in September 2012
- The thousands of people who live in the communities "behind" the station. The new owners of the recently refurbished Park Hill flats started to take up residence in December 2012
- Users of the planned pedestrian route which will link Norfolk Park through Clay woods and the Cholera Grounds to the South Street Park
All these groups would be prevented from using the award-winning listed building, which the city has spent millions of pounds to refurbish. The bridge is particularly important for wheelchair and pushchair users, as the only alternative bridge is completely inaccessible, so a very large diversion would be required.
East Midlands Trains/Department for Transport argue there are no alternatives to installing ticket barriers. For a detailed discussion of the issues see this report
This site helps you if you feel that the station should remain as it is. Go to the what to do page for immediate action. You might also want to look at some articles and reports which support and publicise our case.
This site helps you if you feel that the station should remain as it is. Go to the What to do page for immediate action.
You might also want to look at some documents and letters which support and publicise our case.