Have your say on A61 Wakefield Road proposals to ease congestion & improve bus, walking and cycling options


Public consultation launched on proposed highway improvements in Barnsley

People are invited to have their say on highway improvement proposals for the A61 Wakefield Road in Barnsley in a consultation launched today [26 July 2021]. The scheme is designed to improve traffic flow, bus reliability and journey times along this busy corridor and to encourage more local people to choose sustainable travel.

The A61 Wakefield Road scheme will be delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), working with Barnsley Council. It is funded by the government’s Transforming Cities Fund, thanks to a successful bid by Sheffield City Region which secured £166 million in 2020 for transport infrastructure across South Yorkshire.

The proposals outline highway improvements at key junctions along the A61 corridor from the Old Mill Lane/A61 gyratory North of Barnsley town centre up to Carlton Road. Including, widening the carriageway at key points between Old Mill Lane Bridge and Carlton Road, providing additional traffic lanes, a new bus lane and shared cycle and pedestrian pathway and creating safe pedestrian crossing points.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “Sustainability is one of our key priorities as we are working towards improved public transport and increased opportunities for active travel. A61 improvements will provide these opportunities and help us achieve our Zero 40/45 carbon reduction ambitions by improving traffic. Everyone's feedback is crucial, and we encourage residents to get involved and have their say on the scheme.”

SYPTE Director of Transport Operations, Pat Beijer, said: “We hope this scheme will benefit everyone who travels along this busy road, for work, shopping, leisure or education.  By reducing congestion, speeding up bus journey times and making cycling and walking more appealing options, we want to encourage more people to use public transport and to choose active travel. These highway improvements will offer greener journey options for a cleaner environment for everyone.

“We’re encouraging everyone that lives or works locally, or uses this stretch of road regularly, to have their say on the proposals, so we can use their views to shape the scheme. Anyone can join our online Q&A sessions to ask any questions they may have about the scheme and its benefits for the local area.”

You can take part in the consultation, which runs until 3 September 2021, either:

  • online at travelsouthyorkshire.com/A61
  • by calling Traveline 01709 515151
  • via a paper form available from the Customer Service Desk at Barnsley Interchange
  • or by registering to attend an online Q&A session at travelsouthyorkshire.com/A61

Feedback from the consultation will help shape and inform the design for the scheme.