A view down Arundel Gate in August 2009, looking northwards towards Castle Square, with the Crucible Theatre on the left and O2 Academy Sheffield on the right.

Arundel Gate is one of the main thoroughfares in Sheffield, England. It is located in the Heart of the City area of Sheffield City Centre. Arundel Gate also features a fifteen-stand bus station, including a ticket office building, completed in 2005.

Arundel Gate is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) long, running through the eastern side of the city centre. It starts as a continuation of the Eyre Street dual carriageway from the Furnival Square roundabout where it meets Furnival Gate and Furnival Street. Arundel Gate initially heads northeast as a dual carriageway, before turning north at Hallam Square and becoming a single carriageway. Continuing northwards, Arundel Gate becomes a dual carriageway again shortly before terminating at Castle Square, the junction with High Street, continuing onwards as Angel Street.

Two conservation areas have been designated by Sheffield City Council in the areas surrounding Arundel Gate. These are the City Centre Conservation Area which covers an area of 0.12 sq mi (0.3 km2) on the western side of Arundel Gate,[1] and the Cultural Industries Quarter Convervation Area on the eastern side of the road.[2]


Notable buildings

The brutalist complex in 2008, with the O2 Academy on the left and Odeon on the right.

A number of Sheffield's most prominent landmarks are located along Arundel Gate. St Paul's Tower, the tallest building in the city at 101 m (331 ft) tall, and the adjacent "Cheesegrater" car park were both completed in 2011, fronting onto Arundel Gate as part of the St Paul's Place redevelopment. The Millennium Gallery, opened in 2001, also features an entrance onto Arundel Gate. Tudor Square is located next to Arundel Gate near its northern end; the square includes the Crucible Theatre, the venue for the annual World Snooker Championship, as well as the Central Library, Lyceum Theatre, Studio Theatre and Winter Gardens.

Opposite Tudor Square is a large brutalist structure built into the steep hillside between Arundel Gate and Pond Street in the 1970s. The structure is home to the O2 Academy Sheffield, a music venue which opened in 2008; it had previously been the Roxy's nightclub. Next to the O2 Academy is Odeon Sheffield, a seven-screen cinema opened on the site of the former Fiesta nightclub in 1992. In December 2018, the Odeon was reopened as an Odeon Luxe cinema after a refurbishment. A small underground nightclub, Tank, is located next to the cinema. Running underneath the entire O2 Academy and Odeon structure is a multi-storey car park, accessed from the top via an underpass from Arundel Gate or from the bottom on Flat Street, opposite Sheffield Interchange; it is operated by National Car Parks.

Hallam Square is a pedestrianised public square adjoining onto Arundel Gate to the south of the brutalist complex mentioned above. Several buildings of Sheffield Hallam University's City Campus front onto Arundel Gate around Hallam Square, leading down Howard Street.

Arundel Gate Interchange

Arundel Gate Interchange
General information
Location30 Arundel Gate, Sheffield City Centre
Sheffield (S1 2PP)
England
Owned bySouth Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Operated bySouth Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Bus stands15
Bus operatorsFirst South Yorkshire, Powell's Bus, Stagecoach Yorkshire, TM Travel
ConnectionsCastle Square tram stop Sheffield Supertram
Sheffield Interchange Bus interchange
Sheffield railway station National Rail Sheffield Supertram
Construction
ParkingYes (National Car Parks)
Bicycle facilitiesYes
AccessibleYes
History
Opened2005 (ticket office)

Arundel Gate Interchange is a linear bus station located along both sides of Arundel Gate at its northern end, between Castle Square and Hallam Square.[3] It is one of two Travel South Yorkshire Interchanges located in Sheffield City Centre, along with the main bus station at Sheffield Interchange located 150 m (490 ft) to the east on Pond Street. As well as Sheffield Interchange, further onward connections are available from Castle Square tram stop on the Sheffield Supertram network, located at the northern end of Arundel Gate; and from Sheffield station, located beyond Sheffield Interchange.

As well as fifteen roadside bus stops, there is a small Travel South Yorkshire ticket office building located at 30 Arundel Gate, in the middle of the triangle junction between Arundel Gate, Norfolk Street and Milk Street. It is a small triangular building constructed primarily of a blue metal frame with large floor-to-ceiling windows, located directly next to the Crucible Theatre. The ticket office was opened in 2005, originally featuring staffed ticket desks and paper timetable stands. As of 2021, the staffed ticket desks remain, although the paper timetables have now been replaced by automated electronic ticket machines for issuing products onto Travel South Yorkshire smartcards; paper timetables are no longer produced. The ticket office is staffed from 07:00 to 19:00 from Monday to Saturday, and does not open on Sundays. There is also a free-to-use disability-accessible public toilet located on the outside of the building which is available to use 24 hours a day.

A refurbishment project to link Arundel Gate Interchange and Sheffield Interchange commenced in 2018 and was completed in 2020. The project featured the demolition of a row of shops on Arundel Gate, the pedestrianisation of Esperanto Place and Fitzalan Square and widening of pedestrian walkways along Flat Street and Pond Street, and the creation of a new pedestrian link between the cul-de-sac of Esperanto Place and Arundel Gate at the site of the demolished shop buildings. This project created a new high-quality walkway between the two bus stations.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, temporary changes were made to Arundel Gate Interchange in order to allow for more effective social distancing at peak times. To reduce overcrowding at existing bus stops, two new bus stops were opened on the southbound side of Arundel Gate. These new bus stops were numbered AG123 and AG124; this temporary numbering scheme in the hundreds follows on from other temporary bus stops installed across Sheffield City Centre in response to the pandemic, rather than the numbering system of the existing permanent bus stops at Arundel Gate. Additionally, the roadway at Arundel Gate was reduced from three lanes wide in the northbound direction to two, allowing the pavement to be widened to increase available pedestrian space at the existing bus stops.[4]

Services

Bus stops AG1 to AG8 and AG11 are located on the northbound side of Arundel Gate; all of the others are located on the southbound side of the road, including temporary bus stops AG123 and AG124.

As of November 2023, the stand allocation is:[5]

Stand Route Destination
AG1 41 Dyke Vale Road     
120 Halfway Sheffield Supertram     
AG2 30, 30a Plumbley     
52, 52a Woodhouse National Rail     
80, 80a Chesterfield Bus interchange     
X30 Harthill     
AG3
24, 25 Woodhouse National Rail     
AG4 1, 1a High Green     
88 Ecclesfield     
AG5 75, 76 Shiregreen     
AG6 20 Ecclesfield     
83 Ecclesfield     
97, 98 Hillsborough Sheffield Supertram Bus interchange     
X1, X10 Maltby     
AG7 5 Firth Park     
7, 8 Ecclesfield     
AG8 81, 82 Stannington     
86 Chapeltown National Rail     
252 Crystal Peaks Sheffield Supertram Bus interchange     
AG9
20 Hemsworth     
via Heeley and Norton (First)
24, 25 Bradway     
AG10 43, 44 Chesterfield Bus interchange     
AG11 6 Millhouses     
51 Lodge Moor     
AG12 5 Sheffield, Moor Market Bus interchange     
X17 Matlock Bus interchange     
AG13 1, 1a, 11 Herdings Park Sheffield Supertram     
80, 80a Sheffield, Moor Market Bus interchange     
X1, X10 Sheffield, Moor Market Bus interchange     
AG123 75, 76, 76a Lowedges     
86 Lowedges     
97, 98 Totley Brook     
AG124 81, 82 Dore     
83 Fulwood     
88 Bents Green     

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "City Centre Conservation Area". Sheffield City Council.
  2. ^ "Cultural Industries Quarter Conservation Area". Sheffield City Council.
  3. ^ "Bus Interchanges". Travel South Yorkshire.
  4. ^ "Covid-19: Temporary changes to footpaths and highways". Sheffield City Council.
  5. ^ "Arundel Gate live departures board". Travel South Yorkshire.