1 December 2017
From tonight one of Sheffield’s main streets for late night revellers, Carver Street, will be closed to vehicles at night over the festive period, to help party-goers stay safe.
Carver Street is well-known for some of the most popular clubs and bars in the city and tens of thousands of people are expected to visit the area on the run up to Christmas.
Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police have agreed to close the street to vehicles on a trial basis, from midnight until 5am every Friday and Saturday, from 1 to 23 December, plus Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said:
“With a huge selection of bars and restaurants, Sheffield city centre is a popular destination for nights out and I want to make sure it is welcoming and safe for those who are out and about and having a great time.
“We also know that the risk increases when people have been drinking, especially throughout the festive period. Local businesses have made us aware of a number of near misses between people visiting bars on Carver Street and the vehicles driving through, so I’m introducing this trial to make sure everyone can stay safe and have fun.”
Richard Eyre, Head of City Centre Management, said “As a hub for our night time offer, the closure of Carver Street to vehicles will make it much safer and inviting. We will be monitoring the closure with the Police and Highways and, if successful, we may make this a permanent closure in the future”.
The trial is backed by local businesses and Sheffield BID.
The road will close at its Junction with West Street and Division Street every Friday and Saturday from the 1 December until 23 December, plus Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve between midnight and 5am. Full diversions will be in place for vehicles.