VIDEO: New look for Sheffield's underground subways

The subway at Norfolk Street.
The subway at Norfolk Street.

Sheffield's grotty subways are getting a new look thanks to a major refurbishment scheme.

The city's 48 subways, some of which are blighted by vandalism, are getting a 'whole new look' thanks to Sheffield Council's Streets Ahead programme.

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The £2.2 billion deal between the authority and contractors Amey will see the delivery of routine maintenance, such as graffiti removal, over the next 20 years with the aim of making the walkways more pleasant for the thousands of people who use them.

Christopher Hampson, Amey structures manager, said: "Maintaining subways will always be a challenge as they are prone to vandalism, but now they have been repaired and brightened up we hope people will be more inclined to use them as part of their journey through the city.”

Some of the major subways are undergoing more substantial work.

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The walkway that goes underneath Arundel Gate, at the junction with Norfolk Street, has been strengthened and refurbished.

Work included strengthening the 46-year-old structure with a new concrete roof slab to comply with the current highway loading standards as well as repairing concrete, replacing tiles and repainting, and installing new lighting.

Although the subway was closed to pedestrians for about three months, there has been no disruption to the traffic above and it reopened on April 9.

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Elsewhere, subways in Moore Street and St Mary’s Gate/Bramall Lane have also benefited from freshly pruned shrubs and new lighting.

The last remaining subways to be strengthened and refurbished at Dyche Lane, Jordanthorpe and Park Grange Road are due to be completed in the next few months.