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Road Named Second Worst In Country

Thursday March 27 2014


We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley


A BARNSLEY road has been named the second worst in the country for delays.

Data from the Department of Transport has shown almost 60 per cent of all journeys are delayed on the A61 through Birdwell to the M1.

Mile-long queues are normal on the road and, although traffic lights on the junction at the motorway roundabout have been installed, its problems continue.

Coun Roy Miller said: "The A61 and the motorway junction are the Highways Agency's responsibility, not the council's. 

"They need to do something to do something with the roundabout to improve the flow."

Do you use the road? What do you think could be done to improve it? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by smells like trouble on Thursday March 27 2014 at 13:11
The A61 through birdwell, as to which the artical mentions is the responsibility of BMBC.
the A61 from the motorway to the A616 is the highway agency.
get it right roy.

Reply Posted by Thomas on Thursday March 27 2014 at 13:50
Coun Miller is saying the A61/M1/A635 roundabout or junction is the responsibility of the highways agency. The road through Birdwell is the council's responsibility but this is not the issue. The issue is the junction.

Reply Posted by chris on Thursday March 27 2014 at 18:03
Ever since they put lights on the roundabt off thee M1 its got worse. Mornings and teatime with school rush is bad. May be either lights should have been put at birdwell roundabout with the dearn valley bypass instead of the M1 roundabout. Wounder if traffic would flow quicker without the roundabt and just have traffic lights. Or build slip roads at all 4 roads to birdwell roundabt.

Reply Posted by king louis on Thursday March 27 2014 at 18:13
stretch the dual carriageway centre armco from wombwell straight into the small birdwell roundabout stopping it from being a roundabout... make all traffic from birdwell direct access into lane1 without stopping. other traffic coming through diverted into lane 2 thus creating a very long roundabout similar to the M1 underpass at meadowhall

Reply Posted by Kath on Thursday March 27 2014 at 20:53
Take away the lights

Reply Posted by gaz on Thursday March 27 2014 at 23:45
extend rockingham row behind the old ncb workshops to the unused entrance to the first round about on the parkway to remove traffic wanting to go wombwell way from having to go via the roundabout at top of birdwell near old police station which is chocca. traffic going to common could also use it.

Reply Posted by Wayne on Friday March 28 2014 at 09:05
Take the lights away they made it ten times wrose

Reply Posted by rainbow on Friday March 28 2014 at 10:32
Worst roads, worst schools, worst employment prospects, but we still keep voting Labour.????

Reply Posted by tarmac on Saturday March 29 2014 at 08:41
Worst irrelevant would be brainwashers that no one takes a blind bit of notice of.

Reply Posted by Tom on Monday March 31 2014 at 20:06
Remove the unnecessary traffic signals at junction 36 to free up the traffic .. Was miles better before the additional 2 sets were added

Reply Posted by Liam on Monday March 31 2014 at 20:13
I live in tankersley, and since the traffic lights have been installed at junction 36 the traffic is horrendous when it wasn't beforehand. To be honest the council have previous with the new lights on thr Alhambra roundabout. It's chaos now after Barnsley home games when there was no problem previously.

Reply Posted by tiggs on Monday March 31 2014 at 20:33
lights on roundabout, at Birdwell are complete waste of money and have made traffic problems a lot worse,idiots

Reply Posted by Kim on Monday March 31 2014 at 20:48
I live at the top of Birdwell and the traffic is a nightmare during rush hours. It was bad enough before the lights went up on the motorway roundabout and even worse now. Yes the main cause of the traffic is the traffic lights but other motorists often cause problems as they block the junctions on the motorway which doesnt allow the traffic to flow from Hoyland common and the Dearne valley parkway. Whoever the responsibilty lies with they need to think again about this. Either put traffic lights on all the junctions on the roundabout, put 'keep clear' grids on the roundabout or take the traffic lights down on the motorway roundabout. I dont think the traffic lights have helped at all.

Reply Posted by Collet on Monday March 31 2014 at 21:36
It's about time they took a leaf out of Americas. Book,no roundabouts,but fly overs, same at Stairfoot,they build new roads like the Dearn Valley,then bring it to a dead end like Birdwell that brings it to a gridlock,whilst you have two lanes flying from Wombwell on to the roundabout it just won't work ?.

Reply Posted by anon on Monday March 31 2014 at 21:40
Good god. No collet,don't want that.

Reply Posted by Richard on Monday March 31 2014 at 21:47
That a boy Roy! As expected, blame everyone else except yourself and your own failings for the people you want to vote for you. You don't deserve the position which has been abundantly clear for a long time.

Do you actually do any work Roy for the salary you're claiming for? Appears to us that you're too lazy to get anything done right. Same old Labour. Useless.

Reply Posted by Wingnut on Monday March 31 2014 at 21:54
I've said it before traffic lights and roundabouts don't go together, stairfoot goes a lot smoother when lights are out, I also believe that someone on the council has shares in traffic light company

Reply Posted by Melanie on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 00:25
I agree, I thought the whole idea of roundabouts was to keep the Flo of the traffic then they stick lights there .
look at the alhambra roundabout what a disaster ,even where they have placed the pedestrian crossing is ludicrous.

Reply Posted by Melanie on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 00:27
*flow

Reply Posted by mark on Tuesday April 1 2014 at 11:27
Let's all use bikes instead of being fat lazy arses and then they won't be any traffic. Ive noticed loads of people using cars just to go to the shops for stuff. Only 2 minutes walk..lazy arses.. Youre only yourselfs to blame