BARNSLEY Council wants drivers to be patient over ongoing work on the town's A61 Wakefield Road/Burton Road scheme.

The council said they were trying to finish the bus corridor work as quickly as possible, but said it was likely to be ''time-consuming and disruptive to traffic.''

Cabinet spokesman Coun Roy Miller, said: "We know the work will improve safe access, speed up bus travel times and cut pollution from queuing traffic. We appreciate the support of the public over what has been a very difficult site."

As we reported last week, the road to Wickes DIY store at Old Mill Lane was closed and vehicles were diverted to the newly-built access road off the roundabout on the new bypass.

The access road leads to a new car park next to Wickes that has been created to promote use of Dearne Valley Country Park.

The council said delays were possible because of the need to divert power cables - work which could only be done by electricity distributor Northern Powergrid. However, work was likely to be completed by June.