THE next phase of roadworks which could ease congestion on Dodworth Road will begin, with work expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The work will focus primarliy on creating the gyratory which will connect to the A628/ M1.

A gyratory is a road junction, similar to a roundabout, that allows the circular movement of traffic.

It is hoped that the new gyratory will help ease congestion as figures show that time spent commuting to work on the road has almost tripled since 2000.

Coun Sir Steve Houghton CBE, leader of Barnsley Council said: "The next phase of the development has been carefully planned, with a lot of work taking place in recent months to get us to this stage, and we can now award the main works contract for the project.

"It's vital, that under the economic impacts we are all facing, this key project is delivered.

“This is not just a highways scheme; it will deliver significant improvements for people accessing our new town centre. It will provide better connectivity for our businesses and our residents, and push forward our plans for growth and a thriving local economy.

"We will be working closely with the appointed contractor to make sure any disruption is kept to a minimum, and we will be keeping residents informed of progress throughout the scheme."