Last week to have your say on A61 Wakefield Road proposals

02/09/2021

Public consultation on proposed highway improvements to ease congestion and improve bus, walking and cycling options in Barnsley closes on Friday 3 September.

People are reminded to have their say on highway improvement proposals for the A61 Wakefield Road in Barnsley. 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. These include a 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 Business Development Director, Pat Beijer, said: “We’re reminding everyone who 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. 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 and we’re encouraging everyone to take part in our public consultation before it closes on Friday 3 September.”

You can take part in the consultation until Friday 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

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