ROADWORKS that will take four months to complete and will involve road and footpath closures have begun in the town centre.

Barnsley Council started the improvement works on Sunday (January 15).

The work will affect Wellington Street (outside the library), Pitt Street, Peel Street, Grahams Orchard and Shambles Street (opposite St Mary’s Place).

The works will involve new kerbing and paving works to the footways, new traffic signals, traffic signs and street lighting and new carriageway surfacing and road markings.

The first stage of the works will focus on traffic signals and will last about five weeks. Kerbing and paving work will then start until April.

The improvement works will take approximately four months to complete and will be taking place between 7:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday with occasional evening and weekend working.

Coun Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “To allow us to carry the works out safely, footway closures, alternative pedestrian routes and some road closures will be necessary.

"Where possible these will be timed to cause as little inconvenience to the community and local businesses as possible.

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and co-operation during these essential works.”