WORK is due to begin on the new park and ride next to Elsecar train station on July 8.

Yorkshire-based contractor Hewlett Construction Ltd is to start work on the 20-week scheme to provide 83 parking spaces, including six accessible bays, new LED lighting and CCTV on the north side of the station behind the Barnsley-bound platform.

A new access ramp will also be provided.

The work, costing in the region of £500,000, is being funded from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Disruption to travellers and local residents is expected to be minimal as they will take place away from the existing public areas.

Once complete the new park and ride will provide another facility on the Sheffield to Barnsley line following the building of the Wombwell park and ride in July 2009.

SYPTE'S Ben Still, said: "This facility will widen the travel options for people in the Elsecar and Hoyland area who may not have been able to access the station previously.

"It will give a well-lit and monitored area where people can leave their cars with confidence. The new ramp will also provide a safer, easier access to the Barnsley-bound platform for those on foot, removing the need to use the current steeply-graded ramp."