ELSECAR'S new £500,000 park and ride is to open on November 7.

The new facility will offer 85 parking spaces, including six accessible bays and four motorcycle spaces, LED lighting and CCTV on the north side of the station behind the Barnsley-bound platform.

A new access ramp will also be provided to the platform.

Yorkshire-based contractor Hewlett Construction Ltd has carried out the work, which has cost in the region of £500,000.

Disruption to travellers and local residents has been minimal as the works have largely taken place away from the existing public areas.

The new park and ride is the latest facility on the Sheffield to Barnsley line following the building of the Wombwell's in July 2009.

David Young, deputy interim director general at SYPTE, 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."