Our friends at Residents against Station Closure have just issued this press release.
Sheffield Station Barriers – Not Needed in 2007 Not Needed Now.
1. Any second or upgraded bridge should be born out of the regeneration of the station and the ‘gold route’ into the city centre or the bridge upgrading that will have to follow from the electrification of the London to Sheffield line. The ‘offer’ bridge is not the result of either of these things. It is a sop to allow the Department for Transport to install barriers on the existing bridge.2. RASC have repeatedly asked Government Ministers, East Midlands Trains and the DfT for evidence of the £2.3m fare evasion they claim is lost through Sheffield station. They have persistently failed to do this. RASC opposes fare evasion but research by the Sheffield Star, showing the low level of prosecutions, confirms our view that barriers are not needed. We don’t presently need a second bridge or barriers on the existing bridge.
3. In the future increases in station use may justify a second bridge. But this should arise from a planning process that recognises the growth from current developments and the commercial, retail and social importance of the station.
RASC remains committed to keeping the current footbridge across the station fully open to the public. We will also involve ourselves in any consultations on further bridge options.