South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive‘s (SYPTE)most recent annual survey (October 2010) on use of the station footbridge suggests that 60,000 pedestrian trips take place through the station each month by people not making train journeys.
We understand that Sheffield City Council Officers are in talks with EMT about a Voluntary Walkway Agreement which would recognise pedestrians right to use the footbridge through the station without carrying a rail ticket. Significantly, EMT’s operating franchise expires in 2015 and the next round of franchises will be awarded for a 20 year period.
In the meantime, it’s important that people continue to express their right to walk across the station footbridge when travelling between Norfolk Park, Park Hill, Sheaf Valley Park and Sheaf Square.
There are no Compulsory Ticket Areas at Sheffield Midland Station and therefore, according to the Railways Act 2005 and Rail Bye Law 17, you are free to walk through the station to and from town without a ticket provided you are not intending to travel by train.
The footbridge, which is open throughout the day and for much of the night time, is a vital and valuable public asset that provides a safe route to and from town. There are not many issues in Sheffield that can be said to have united public opinion so effectively! Nearly everyone save for EMT recognise the fact that closure of the footbridge to pedestrians would be a retrograde step.
Remember it’s our station and our bridge!