PUBLIC consultation has started on two new schemes to get Barnsley’s residents cycling and walking.

The A61 Royston to Smithies active travel route includes a ‘significant section’ of new cycling infrastructure to better link the area to the town centre.

The A635 active travel scheme encourages residents to promote walking and cycling between Stairfoot Roundabout and Hollygrove Roundabout in Goldthorpe.

People are being encouraged to complete the online survey, or by attending one of the consultation events - the dates of which can be found on the Barnsley Council website.

Coun Chris Lamb, cabinet spokesperson for environment and transport, said: “We’ve already invested £5 million into our six Principal Towns and ten Local Centres to help them thrive, with another £30 million investment planned over the next five years.

“By making better connections between them we can help more people do their shopping and spend their leisure time in our communities.

“We really want to encourage and support people to make use of active travel and leave their cars at home, because it benefits people’s health as well as our environment.

“Please attend one of our consultation events or visit and have your say on these exciting new schemes.”