PEDESTRIANS and drivers will be able to find their way in and around Barnsley town centre with greater ease thanks to major signing schemes that start this week.

Some 58 new brown tourist attraction signs will be pointing people in the right direction to the Cooper Gallery, The Civic, Metrodome, Lamproom Theatre and Experience Barnsley.

In addition, 51 route signs for motorists along all the primary routes into town will be erected to complement these new brown signs.

There will also be 29 new pedestrian finger-post signs erected in the town centre, which are silver with black text.

This scheme has been designed in conjunction with a small focus group made up of Barnsley Voice members including businesses, the police, Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, the James Hudson Taylor Trail and the Civic Trust.

Cllr Roy Miller, said: “These new signs are a very welcome addition to the town centre. Growing the town centre economy is one of the council’s main ambitions and these will help visitors and residents alike to find their way to the town’s top attractions.

“We’ve also taken this opportunity to de-clutter the town centre and get rid of some of the old unnecessary signs. These high quality new signs are a lot more sympathetic to the environment, making the town centre a welcoming place to any visitor.”

The signage scheme has been part-funded by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund. It is part of the Barnsley Cultural Infrastructure Programme that secured £2.5 million from Europe to develop the new museum in the Town Hall and support the restoration of the Victorian conservatory and potting shed at Wentworth Castle Gardens.