Medium Term Congestion (Brook Hill and IRR scheme) feasibility study

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Dear Sheffield City Council,

Please provide me with the results of the 'Medium Term Congestion (Brook Hill and IRR scheme)' feasibility study.

Yours faithfully,

Dexter Johnstone

FOI, Sheffield City Council

Re – Freedom of Information Request – Reference – FOI / 1079
 
Dear Dexter Johnstone,
 
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Congestion (Brook Hill and IRR Scheme) Feasibility Study which we received
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Dear Sheffield City Council,
 
Please provide me with the results of the 'Medium Term Congestion (Brook
Hill and IRR scheme)' feasibility study.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Dexter Johnstone
 
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Re – Freedom of Information Request – Reference – FOI / 1079
 
Dear Dexter Johnstone,
 
Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Medium Term
Congestion (Brook Hill and IRR Scheme) Feasibility Study which we received
on 19/10/2017.
 
Please find attached and below, Sheffield City Council’s response to your
request:
 
It is important to clarify the project to which you refer. The project we
believe you are interested in is the Inner Ring Road / Bridgehouses scheme
that is the subject of a public consultation exercise .   
 
‘Brook Hill and IRR Junctions’ was one of a number of initial general
project proposals  which were identified in the Outline Business Case for
Sheffield City Region Investment Funds (SCRIF) submitted to SCR by SCC in
2014, that included an indicative programme of interventions in the City
Centre. Brook Hill was identified by name at that time because of other
proposals around the University Campus on Upper Hanover St, Western Bank
etc. which have recently been completed with SCRIF support. As this
programme was progressed into Full Business Cases for individual projects
the scope was refined to match needs, opportunities and opportunities. A
number of adjustments were made to the original programme and as part of
this process it was concluded that the changes required to improve the
performance of Brook Hill junction in particular were not affordable
within the SCRIF budget or timescale available, but that congestion at
other IRR junctions, particularly Bridgehouses/Corporation St could be
addressed and were of equal  priority. This was approved by SCR as part of
a re-profiling exercise of the City Centre Programme in June 2016.
 
In parallel with this, the City Council had commenced the development of a
programme of medium term congestion management schemes, focussed on the
main A-road network, endorsed by the Council through its corporate
Programme Management process by the approval of a mandate in May 2016.
This included the section of the Inner Ring Road that includes the
Bridgehouses junction. An Outline Business Plan for this section of the
Inner Ring Road was approved in October 2016.
 
The documents below include the approved City-Region Outline Business Case
for the City Centre Programme as a whole, and the City Council’s approved 
Mandate and Initial Business Case for the project. 
 
A Project Development brief for the Bridgehouses area was subsequently
developed (again see below) and traffic modelling and preliminary design
work has taken place since then, with a preferred option being illustrated
for public consultation in the autumn of 2017 (plan also attached for
reference).
 
I hope this gives you the broad background to the work leading up to the
recent public consultation exercise. There is no specific ‘feasibility
study’ document as described by you, there is a considerable quantity of
technical reports produced by external consultants that relate to the
traffic modelling aspects of this project, this is currently being
summarised for use in briefing City Councillors. This summary will include
a written record of the investigation/analysis, option
generation/selection/modelling and reasons for deciding on the preferred
option. The summary is still being produced so is not available at present
but we will ensure a copy is suppled to you when it has been completed.
 
 
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Kind Regards,
 
Resources Business Support
Moorfoot Level 2 North Wing
Sheffield S1 4PL
Tel : 0114 20 53478
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