Halfway tram terminus
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Halfway is a neighbourhood in north-eastern Derbyshire that forms a suburb of Sheffield. It lies in the extreme south-east of the Sheffield conurbation at the end of a Sheffield Supertram line. It forms part of the ancient parish of Eckington and hundred of Scarsdale.
It used to be home to a bus garage which was operated by 'Booth and Fisher', a company who were merged into the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive in the mid-1970s. The garage itself passed into the hands of operator 'SYT', then to the First Group and has always been seen as a minor outpost garage. It served works and school services and buses starting early from the south side of the city. The garage was closed in 2007, as a cost-cutting measure. Recently it was taken over by the Chesterfield-based company TM Travel.
It is common to see public transport in Sheffield heading for "Halfway". The Blue Route Sheffield Supertram terminates at Halfway with a large Park and Ride facility. The main service to and from Halfway to and from the city centre is the 120 service, jointly operated by both Stagecoach Sheffield and First South Yorkshire.
The Halfway housing estate is something of a unique experiment. Built in 1975, the estate centred in the small local shopping centre called 'Streetfields'. The houses themselves were built on high quality farmland and to this day are farmers with orchards nearby.
The Sheffield City Council is a keen recycler and burn a lot of domestic refuse which in turn is converted to hot water used for both domestic supply and central heating. This is pumped from Bernard Road in S2 to Halfway and links directly with the homes in the Halfway locality. Well-insulated and often compact, these homes are noticeably energy-efficient.
The layout of the estate was such that no house would look directly onto another, with properties curving around meandering walkways and a complex network of through routes to Halfway Drive. This main road is the thoroughfare linking the village to neighbouring estates of Westfield and Waterthorpe.building it up.