Connected City

This section details the 'connected city' vision, in short, streamlining public transport and making it a more convenient, enjoyable and affordable option.

This vision also includes making changes to Sheffield to allow walking and cycling to become a bigger staple of transportation within Sheffield.


About The 'Connected City' Vision

The ‘Connected City’ vision lays out ideas and recommendations for Sheffield’s public transport and travel policies. It envisions Sheffield as having efficient, simple, reliable and low-emission transport systems, as well as an emphasis on digital connectivity to reduce the need for unnecessary travel, and a shift towards more active modes of short-distance travel – in particular, cycling and walking.
This vision sees a Sheffield where public transportation is cheaper, easier, more convenient and more enjoyable than the use of private vehicles. The use of smartphones for ticketing and real-time arrival and departure information will help avoid unnecessary travel. It recommends that buses, trams, trains and taxis will keep up-to-date with the latest low-emission technology, with renewal of vehicles made routine.
It is suggested that bicycles are made available for hire via connected hubs, with an infrastructure that supports cyclists of all ages and skill levels to travel safely around the city, without any unpleasant sections or unnecessary detours.
It recognises that private vehicles may still be necessary for some journeys, and suggests that incentives be made for the use of low-emission vehicles, such as free parking, business rate reductions, financial leases, and free recharging of electric vehicles in city car parks.
The vision also recommends changes in urban planning, to increase density and bring residents closer together and more connected to services, meaning the need for more travel is eliminated and resources are more intensely shared, leading to systemic decarbonisation across both transport and use of land.
The vision seeks to establish walking or cycling as the instinctive mode of transport in the public mind-set, as it is in the Netherlands. With accessible and attractive pedestrian and cycle networks, they are determined to make it easy and safe for a 10-year-old child to be able to travel independently to school and back on foot or by cycling.
The Commission hopes that as a direct consequence of these interventions that the overall air pollution of Sheffield will be brought down to far below the European Health Limit maximum value, meaning exceptionally clean air.
Sheffield has already made good progress with some of these suggestions. In 2017, the city announced a £58 million scheme, introducing three new hybrid ‘tram-trains’ that run between Sheffield and Rotherham, allowing for high-speed travel between the neighbouring towns, and greater interconnectivity. The University of Sheffield has a bicycle rental scheme, available in many locations across the city. There are also a number of newly-installed cycle paths separate from road traffic and pedestrian footpaths, allowing for safer bicycle travel. Many more proposals and initiatives are also underway, such as a proposed long-term transport budget for the local government, and plans for a High-Speed 2 station in the city.

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