Subways throughout Sheffield are due a makeover under an ambitious council-backed refurbishment scheme.
Streets Ahead, a £2.2bn contract between Amey and Sheffield City Council, aims to repair and restore at least 48 damaged subways by this the end of this year.
One key subway, which runs beneath city centre thoroughfare Arundel Gate, reopened in April after being strengthened and refurbished.
Turning 46 years old this year, the Arundel Gate structure was reinforced with a new layered concrete roof, new tiles, new lighting and a new lick of paint.
The Arundel Gate subway now complies with revised highway loading standards, and is open to shoppers, commuters and wanderers alike once again.
The subway was closed to pedestrians for three months while under construction, but slick repairs from Amey ensured that vehicles and pedestrians were not disrupted above ground.
“Due to its city centre location, we wanted to keep disruption to a minimum,” said Christopher Hampson, structures manager at Amey.
“Through our refurbishment work, we wanted to transform the area to offer a more pleasant and safe environment for pedestrians to use.”
Elsewhere, subways at Moore Street, St Mary’s Gate and Bramall Lane have also been repaired, and are open once again.
St Mary’s subway was also treated to a smart garden trim to prevent overgrown shrubs from crawling into the tunnel and tickling unsuspecting pedestrians.
“Subways are an integral part of Sheffield’s infrastructure, and are used by hundreds of people wanting to get from A to B on a daily basis,” said Mr Hampson.
“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.”
Among the last remaining subways due to be refurbished are Dyche Lane, Jordanthorpe and Park Grange Road.
As part of an additional 20-year maintenance deal signed wit the council, Amey will continue to maintain, clean and remove graffiti in the city’s subways when all repairs are complete.