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Work On £500,000 Park And Ride Scheme Delayed

Tuesday March 26 2013

Elsecar - photo by Lindsi Russell Elsecar - photo by Lindsi Russell

WORK to create a £500,000 park and ride scheme at Elsecar train station has been delayed.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) said they were to start on the project next month - but now work will begin in May.

A spokesman said the delay is because SYPTE has been in talks with Network Rail to make sure the development of the park and ride will not disrupt train services.

Eighty car parking spaces will be created on the site off King Street with vehicle access from Millhouses Street and pedestrian access to the train platform from the car park and Hill Street.

There will also be CCTV, lighting, passenger information and ramp access to the station as part of the scheme.

A start date had not been agreed, but the spokesman said but work should be completed by mid to late-September.

Cllr Robin Franklin said the news was disappointing but they were grateful funding had been found from SYPTE for the project.

Last June, SYPTE announced Barnsley was to get a share of the £24.6 million available from the government to help boost the economy and get local people back into work.

The park and ride is set to increase the number of rail passengers by a predicted 70 per cent between 2013/14.

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Reply Posted by polly on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 11:39
Am I missing something here?? 80 car parking spaces and an increase of 70% in passengers. Sounds daft to me for the amount of money required, Surely we have better need for funding.

Reply Posted by king louis on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 11:39
giving the rail company a free car park....why not just say that?..... instead of wrapping it up in excuses.....aaahh!..... It's grant money from the government to help the people of Barnsley...maybe we would object to them giving a free car park away with our money, ...no doubt it's not free parking?

Reply Posted by Dougie on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 13:42
They have done a brilliant job improving Wombwell train station parking, if Elsecar is completed to same standard it will be money well spent.

Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday March 26 2013 at 14:06
Picture is the Heritage Centre railway not the mainline train station

Reply Posted by carl on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 11:29
its being done for the new hs2 i bet not for ppl of barnsley 2 benifit from ??? east coast line was privatised now its making£ 635 million profit a year for the country the government have decided to privatise it gain lets see who buys the shares ???? nice to have inside info to make a quick buck ??

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 12:19
No it's not Carl. It's to solve the issue of people parking their vehicles on Hill St near to the bend. HS2 is 20 years away.

Reply Posted by jayne on Friday March 29 2013 at 21:22
If it stops people parking outside my house all day or blocking main rd off outside shop, then do what needs to be done am sure it will look very nice once completed

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