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Doncaster St Sepulchre Gate regeneration

Doncaster St Sepulchre Gate regeneration

Reducing the dominance of road infrastructure and creating high quality and well connected pedestrian routes were central features of the regeneration proposals for St Sepulchre Gate. It seemed likely that these proposals would not find favour with the town's second directly-elected Mayor (Peter Davies) who stood on a ticket of making Doncaster more car-friendly. The majority (Labour) group on the council were not always in agreement with the mayor, but this conflict may have been difficult to resolve in favour of the plan.

While there was no intention of the regeneration plan being anti-car, it would involve lower driving speeds, more crossing time for pedestrians, and better provision for buses and cycles. It seemed unlikely that such an agenda would appeal to a pro-car mayor. However, the key proposal for a direct surface level pedestrian route between the railway station and the town centre had been implemented by June 2011. Peter Davies' term of office ended in 2013.

A quick look at Google streetview reveals that in 2019 the Trafford Way dual carriageway still presents a traffic dominated and extremely unpleasant environment for anyone attempting to walk between the station and the town centre.

Doncaster has, according to Government statistics, transport CO2 emissions from transport that are about 50% above the national average. This may reflect the loosening of Doncaster's urban structure over recent decades which has involved car-based out-of-town facilities.

LocationDoncaster England
Client(s)Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Team(s)Tim Pharoah with Matrix Partnership


Regeneration, connectivity, downgrading ring road, sustainable transport, public realm design, street design, town centre access, Doncaster