A RAFT of measures to improve Barnsley's transport network will be submitted to the government this month to try to get town a share of a £20 million funding boost.

South Yorkshire's Integrated Transport Authority will be submitting the bid for Barnsley which includes plans to improve Elsecar train station by adding a 90-space park and ride facility and a disabled ramp on the platform which it believes will attract more developers to the area.

Other plans include:

* Doubling the frequency of the X19 bus service (X19) for commuters to provide a fast link between Barnsley, the Dearne and Doncaster town centres.

* Plans to add a car club to Barnsley that would see locals be able to 'rent' out cars for short periods of time. Cars would be parked in local parking bays and offered to businesses for use.

* Improving foot and bike routes to Barnsley's new Advanced Learning Centres as well as adding in cycle shelters.

In April this year SYITA successfully bid for £5 million from this fund to allow it to start work on its proposed programme, but is now working up a larger bid of over £20 million.

Chair Mick Jameson, said: "With transport funding reduced so dramatically in recent years, this bid is critically important in the role transport can play in supporting economic growth."