COUNCILLORS have approved plans for a new £5m railway crossing in Barnsley - meaning the Jumble Lane crossing will close.

WAB reported yesterday that Network Rail has agreed to put £2m towards the cost of new footbridge in the town centre if it is built by March 2019.

The idea to shut the town centre railway crossing and replace it with a pedestrian bridge was suggested when the town centre regeneration scheme was revealed in 2013.

Negotiations have been ongoing between the council and Network Rail for several years - and the project moved a step closer today as councillors approved the £5m structure.

The new bridge will act as a ‘gateway’ into the town, taking people from Market Gate car park into the heart of the new £130m Glass Works scheme, meaning the Jumble Lane level crossing would be closed to vehicles and pedestrians for good.