WORK is to begin on a £5 million scheme to update and replace Birdwell roundabout.

The first work will be around redesigning the system off Juction 36 of the M1 and will last for about nine months.

It's part of a bigger scheme to improve the link to Sheffield Road, allievate traffic onto the motorway rondabout and has been funded by the Sheffield City Region investment fund.

The plans include the creation of two new roundabouts on the Hoyland Common side of Birdwell roundabout and a direct link off the southbound motorway sliproad onto the A61 to Birdwell.

Birdwell roundabout itself will be elongated, to avoid the problem of traffic coming from the Dearne Valley Parkway queuing on the Birdwell roundabout to get on the motorway.