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A61 Works To Continue Until November

Wednesday August 28 2013


A61 works to continue until November A61 works to continue until November


LONG-RUNNING works on the A61 will continue until November.

Earlier this year Barnsley Council said the scheme would be finished in June, before unforeseen issues caused further delays, with August and then September being earmarked for its completion.

While the quality bus corridor works next to Wickes will be completed by mid-September, the council is taking the opportunity to bring forward resurfacing work on the troublesome road to follow on directly after the completion of the scheme.

Resurfacing will be carried out on Old Mill Lane and Wakefield Road between the completed scheme and the junction with Carlton Road and Reasbeck Terrace, where the old Woodman public house stood.

Works between the bridge over the River Dearne on Old Mill Lane and Reasbeck Terrace will start on Sunday, September 1 and will last for approximately ten weeks.

The majority of the works will be carried out during the day but some night work will be necessary.

During the works there will be a one-way road closure between Burton Road and Smithies Lane.

One-way traffic will be maintained out of town with incoming traffic being officially diverted via Rotherham Road and Pontefract Road. Local traffic will be allowed to use Carlton Road and Burton Road.

Access to properties will be maintained throughout the duration of the works and every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum. However, due to the nature of the works some disruption of access may occur while work is carried out in the vicinity of properties.

Cllr Roy Miller said: "Rather than complete the bus corridor and open up the road, only to close it all down again when the time came to do the scheduled resurfacing, we decided to bring the resurfacing forward and add it on to the end of the current works.

"I appreciate that this extends the inconvenience around the area for a while longer, and for that I can only apologise. However, we feel that this way minimises the amount of disruption, so we ask for motorists, and local residents and businesses, to bear with us just a little while longer."

What do you think? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by x-juli-x on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 10:13
I understand the logic of doing all the work together, but it just seems to be a never ending project. Now that one way is permanently closed it is causing chaos at the bottom of Carlton road, because the traffic is stood to go down Smithies lane no one can turn right on to Wakefield road. I just hope it is sorted before the Christmas shoppers start as I think some places will suffer. At the moment we don't go to town anymore, as it's too much hassle, we don't use the Asda or The Range, Argos or PC World. I think places like the Tesco and surrounding shops at Stairfoot will profit.

Reply Posted by confused on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 20:45
How can the one way system be causing chaos when it's not even in operation yet.

Reply Posted by Me on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 10:31
I live near the area and dont think its as bad as people make out, it has always been bad with traffic around that area, however the new diversions are just confusing! I went up Wakefield road the other day and didnt know where I was supposed to go. I've seen cars going the wrong way and ending up having to try and turn round and cars not sure if the traffic lights are just for Burton Road or for both and stop anyway! Is seemed better organised before

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 11:34
The proposed roadworks for resurfacing are a distance of approx 0.6 of a mile or 1056 yards, this means that the council roadworks will be resurfacing a stretch of approx 15 yards a day - in an 7.5 hour working day thats approx 2 yards an hour....
Whilst I applaud the council for it's forward thinking in adding these works on to the end of the other works on Wakefield Road to minimise disruption - 10 weeks is not minimizing the problem. 2 yards an hour is snails pace for resurfacing with modern machinery . How much is the compensation to all the companies along Wakefield Road going to cost whilst these roadworks apply?
This smacks of another Roy Miller project and the guy has got to hold his hands up now and admit someone else should take over from him.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 11:42
Why would he? He's spent years working his way up to where he is now on the gravy train, why would he let a small fact that he is clueless and can't do the job stop him from raking in the readies? The bloke is a costly destructive expense for the people of Barnsley.

The only thing he ever does is apologise for inconvenience but you know he doesn't mean it, it just means he actually has to say something about his latest cockup.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 12:53
We've already got Houghton's Fountains.......

Do you think that the massive pedestrian crossing being installed between Wickes & Asda should be named.... 'Miller's Crossing'. The Coen brothers made a film about it - The Power struggle between 2 groups (Could be the public v the council).

Roy Miller could be the protagonist caught in the middle like a startled rabbit!! Not sure if he's supposed to represent the people or just claim the fat cat wage packet from the council......

Roy it's over to you to do the honorable thing and fall on your sword metaphorically.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 13:25
Miller will NEVER resign, I know him.

He has ALWAYS been more than happy earning his money from the council for doing sod all, a career gravy trainer.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 14:40
And not only in public sector either. I have family that knew him when he worked at BXL, BP and Parkside as they were. Using his the excuse he was on the union ensured he never worked nights, as well as picking up the nice union rep check everymonth, whilst supposedly racking up the hours with his councillor duties.

We all know how well the union did for parkside once they started heading south, they didn't do a very good job of negotiating anything.

Just what does qualify him to be a spokesman on so many boards? For one - he isn't a good spokesperson so even the bullshit isn't that polished and 2 he has no qualifications or backgrounds on the areas he speaks and works.

He's a public sector bandit who believes this town owes him a living.

Reply Posted by BarnsleyFred on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 11:54
This is clearly a disgraceful episode Of bad planning and malpractice. Cllr Miller is obvious an ignoramus With no decency to resign his post as councillor. We were assured that the roadworks would be completed in September. This obviously has not been the case and quite frankly I feel as though Barnsley residents have been lied to. Cllr Miller, have decency and RESIGN.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 12:46
Councillor Miller is an empty mouthpiece with lots of hot air and very few actions - this complete piece of work is a prophecy of how incompetent he has become. I second BarnsleyFred. Councillor Miller resign or have the decency to publish how we instigate a vote of no confidence.

Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 13:14
When is Cllr Roy Miller up for re-election?

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 13:53
Not sure on re-election date for Councillor Miller - however, he stands for Labour so is on a virtually free pass as people are so short sighted as to not vote anything else against him around here. They just see Labour and mark a cross.

Reply Posted by Charles on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 22:16
Roy Miller is one of the most senior elected members on Barnsley Council. This quite clearly shows you the calibre of the rest of the elected members. Is it any wonder that the town is in such a mess.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Thursday August 29 2013 at 13:05
The 10 Commandments of serving local government.......

Commandment 10: Don’t believe anyone who says, “Your predecessor promised . . .”
Commandment 9: We are all in relatively small communities so remember, almost everyone is related — be careful what you say and who you say it to. Watch out for foot and mouth disease: “Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on!”
Commandment 8: Don’t forget, the walls of the city/township/village hall have eyes and ears. Everything you say or do will be spread far and wide and subsequently posted on Facebook or shared with the media.
Commandment 7: Do your homework — For goodness sake at least read the packet! You don’t want your community to look dumb or unprepared - same for yourself. If an issue involves a physical site in your municipality (e.g., a zoning change) visit the site.
Commandment 6: Listen to the public, staff, and other elected officials. There are two sides to every story. Don’t create a policy in response to one person’s mistake.
Commandment 5: No surprises! Keep everyone informed.
Commandment 4: Communicate! Communicate! Communicate - with the public, each other, and staff.
Commandment 3: Don’t get into a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel! Make friends with the media and stay friends with the media! Don’t stonewall or withhold information, otherwise they will make it up, and you can’t retract it once it’s in print.
Commandment 2: You can’t do it by yourself! You are a part of a TEAM of elected officials and staff.
Commandment 1: Don’t make promises you or your municipality cannot keep! “Your city/township/village manager can do ANYTHING you want; he/she just can’t do EVERYTHING you want.”
Just how many of these 10 commandments does Roy Miller break on a daily basis.................
WAB - count the number of comments in support of Roy Miller then compare the number of comments against Roy Miller..... it's not rocket science Roy, the majority says GO!!!

Reply Posted by elaine denton on Thursday August 29 2013 at 14:57
How will this affect the 194 bus that my two children use to get to holy trinity school on a morning.

Reply Posted by Jayne on Thursday August 29 2013 at 17:34
Oh dear we are all screwed

Reply Posted by MrSpoon on Friday August 30 2013 at 00:37
Buses coming down Wakefield Road from Roundhouse area will use Rotherham Road and Burton Road.

Reply Posted by whogivesashit on Saturday August 31 2013 at 17:37
Went past these road works yesterday morning out of the 12 to 15 men working (and i use that word very loosely) at least 10 were stood about on their phones doing nothing

Reply Posted by mrx on Saturday August 31 2013 at 23:06
whent past today around rush hour4-5oclcok was no delays no problem didn't get lost or wonder where was going its all ok don't know what people moan about

Reply Posted by wut? on Sunday September 1 2013 at 13:13
if the biggest issue in your lives is a bit of resurfacing on a road i would consider re-evaluating yourselves

Reply Posted by littlesprout on Sunday September 1 2013 at 14:08
Surely it should be possible to do the resurfacing works, if organised properly, in a couple of weeks

Reply Posted by mae brussel on Monday September 2 2013 at 00:50
I would be more inclined not to pay the wages of the contracters unless the relevent work was completed in the time it should take and not just paying out for work willy nilly.
It reminds me of the 2 men who siit on the back of a truck neatlly placing bollards along the first lane of a motorway 2 days later there collected up again with nothing been done then they do it again and the cycle goes on. nothing
gained but money.

Reply Posted by wendy on Monday September 2 2013 at 13:29
This is all very badly organised whilst this work has to be done I don't understand why roads that are not being worked on need to be closed off the businesses on wakefield road will suffer big time and its mainly due to poor signage. there should be a clear sign at the athersley roundabout saying no thro road past smithies, at the burton road traffic lights it should be made clear that you can turn down to get access to wakefield road (diversion signs direct you to cundy cross)however once at the bottom of burton road you have to go all the way round the pc world roundabout this DOES NOT make sense why the traffic for wakefield road cannot not turn right here to avoid the roundabout beggers belief as no traffic can come from town at the same time this would eliviate the huge pressure on the roundabout even the asda will be affected who wants to wait 15mins to get out of the asda car park (the time it reportedly took someone late morning) We ourselves took a car for mot only a few hundred yards up the road but unable to come back down it took 25 mins to get back here. The work has to be done but this is so badly organised its a joke!!!

Reply Posted by T on Wednesday September 4 2013 at 12:01
What a joke this is. I drove past last week and the Contractors Fox I think were stood leaning on their shovels having a spoke. Not a health and safety expert but exposed pipes, potential gas leaks and fuel spills is no place to have a cig.

Also his belly was busting though his shirt. Great sight! Good progress! Top Workers...... Not.

Credit lads.