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Traffic Lights To Be Installed At Junction 37

Thursday June 19 2014

Junction 37 Junction 37

NEW traffic lights will be installed at junction 37 at a cost of £2 million to resolve the road's congestion issues.

Cabinet members approved the plans on Wednesday in a bid to reduce traffic and potentially attract new businesses to the area.

The works are part of a wider £15.7m plan which is to be invested into Barnsley's road network.

The Department for Transport has pledged £1.4m for the project, with the £600,000 shortfall being made up by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund.

Coun Roy Miller said: "Making sure we have the right transport infrastructure in place is crucial in making sure Barnsley can facilitate growth."

The scheme is similar to the project at Birdwell on junction 36 of the M1, and involves lights being placed at all eight entrances and exits of the roundabout.

Do you think the traffic lights will reduce traffic? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Nicola on Thursday June 19 2014 at 13:35
Yeah....because the lights at Birdwell were worth every penny! The only thing I see round there is more congestion since the lights went in and sat waiting when the road is clear!! Never known is as congested round there. Really wonder how they see things sometimes?!!

Reply Posted by hmm on Thursday June 19 2014 at 21:34
I complained to highways agency about the farce at Birdwell and they told me my eyes were wrong and that there is no conjestion there and no queues and that the lights have done a fantastic job

Reply Posted by Nini on Thursday June 19 2014 at 13:42
In the words of Jim Royal " ease congestion my ...." Wish they would admit they bought a job lot from some internet auction site and now find they need to move em to find the space to build another office for someone else to penny pinch.
Am not a negative person by nature but would be astounded if anyone wanted to bring business to an area where bins are all over the streets for days at a time because the council can,t organise collection of the bins that they sent a schedule out for. Or would they want to bring business to an area where grass is left growing wild throughout the town and when it is cut.. grass cuttings are left behind giving rodents a free hiding place. I know money is tight but Barnsley is not somewhere I am proud to live at the moment. Back onto the subject of traffic lights... are the planners the only people that DO NOT notice that traffic flows more freely when the lights aren't working??!!

Reply Posted by julie on Thursday June 19 2014 at 13:49
This JOB could run on for years the same has the road near wickes. the traffic lights at stairfoot also a nightmare, when not working the traffic runs a lot more smoothly, 2m spend on potholes and more binmen..

Reply Posted by Matt on Thursday June 19 2014 at 13:47
£2 million to install !!! Who the hell is installing them ?

Reply Posted by allan machen on Thursday June 19 2014 at 13:49
total gridlock

Reply Posted by ray on Thursday June 19 2014 at 15:11
Worked in sheffield 5 years, never had a problem getting on or off at Dodworth. Maybe a bit of traffic at peak times but not what I would call conjestion worse than anywhere else, total misuse of funds, now traffic lights on broadway that's a whole other matter.

Reply Posted by The Voice of Reason on Thursday June 19 2014 at 15:29
The lights at Birdwell weren't even done by council, they are highways agency. Its not costing barnsley residents anything as its funded by grant money which cant be spent on bins or potholes.

Reply Posted by Nannabeth on Thursday June 19 2014 at 16:46
Traffic lights at the Birdwell roundabout have done little to ease congestion and seem to have made it worse, particularly at peak times, when traffic is backed up in to Hoyland Common.Traffic does flow more freely on roundabouts when it is self-regulating; that's the whole point of having a roundabout and not a road junction.Old adage: if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Reply Posted by NannaBeth on Thursday June 19 2014 at 19:39
the traffic lights are also there to stop doddering old fools and people who cant drive hesitating at junctions and holding everyone up.

Reply Posted by hmm on Thursday June 19 2014 at 21:48
The same people still hesitate or take longer to get going when it goes green so they hold people up just the same

Reply Posted by Big brother is watching you on Thursday June 19 2014 at 19:54
Less of the doddering old fool last time I spyed a crash at the stairfoot roundabout it was by a youngun in the wrong lane cutting up a driver heading towards cundycross so mind what you print or I will slow you down to the legal speed limit the next time I'm in front of you in my car pup

Reply Posted by Jules on Thursday June 19 2014 at 22:12
Waste of time, waste of money, spend it on something else.

Reply Posted by Ywinter on Thursday June 19 2014 at 23:15
Hello? Is this going to be in conjunction with lights on Broadway? I have lived in Pogmoor 14 years and have never experienced problems at junction 37 only problems at Broadway traffic lights. Get a grip council planners, spend money on what resolves issues not causes them!!

Reply Posted by Shefcat on Friday June 20 2014 at 09:50
The lights at J36 are downright dangerous as they now cause a tailback for up to half a mile onto the southbound M1. This happens nightly and was never the case before they were installed. Whoever thinks that standing traffic on a motorway assists safety........

Reply Posted by Cal on Friday June 20 2014 at 13:15
What a waste of time. There was nothing wrong with the Birdwell junction before they brought in the lights, not we get traffic on a morning and on the way home. For years I drove past through Birdwell an d over j36 with no problems in peak times. They brought in the traffic lights and now we get traffic.

Nothing at all wrong with j37 on a morning now I travel north up the M1 daily. But I can guarantee that traffic lights will create problems and traffic.

I work in transport planning and this is madness.

Reply Posted by chris on Friday June 20 2014 at 15:15
I've used j36 every week day for 8 years never a problem getting off, now every day the matrix sign is flashing queue on slip road, many nights you have to sit in stationary traffic on a blind bend, there is going to be an almighty pile up one day not helped buy the green light letting 4 cars through at a time.

Reply Posted by Brian on Friday June 20 2014 at 16:42
Another waste of public money.

Quite simply, these lights are not needed.


Reply Posted by Ann on Friday June 20 2014 at 17:49
I'm convinced that the the only condition required to be a road planner is to never have been in a car

Reply Posted by HARRY on Saturday June 21 2014 at 13:19
All I'm saying is, i can find better ways to spend £2 million in barnsley, make smoother roads and a skatepark thats near, ******* clowns all over barnsley, thats why its such a messed up town, the people running it, **** me £2mil

Reply Posted by Chesney on Saturday June 21 2014 at 19:13
Dodworth roundabout isn't the problem. Broadway traffic lights are the problem!

Reply Posted by HIGHWAY AGENCY on Saturday June 21 2014 at 20:31
We not install these lights now it was suppose to be a surprise fag *******

Reply Posted by Me on Monday June 23 2014 at 11:11
Since when have traffic lights eased congestion ?? Stairfoot, Birdwell - two prime examples to prove they have quite the opposite effect.

Reply Posted by kirsty on Monday June 23 2014 at 21:34
At least it means pedestrians can cross the slip roads relatively safer. Cars never indicate when they are going onto the motorway and schoolkids walk to horizon from dodworth. Seen many near misses, and the kids were not been silly for once.

Reply Posted by Frustrated on Monday June 22 2015 at 12:02
Apart some light traffic at peak times when is there ANY traffic at J37. I use it daily and the only time I've seen the traffic backed up onto the motorway was when of the roadworks started and the slip road was down to 1 lane. What's the betting that at 6.15 am I will be sitting at red lights with no other cars in sight! If Birdwell and Stairfoot lights are anything to go by chaos is on the way. Do the people in planning ever actually use this roundabout? The only thing that might retrieve the situation is if the lights are only used at peak times only or they are "intuitive" - unlike the Planners!

Reply Posted by Sue on Monday April 11 2016 at 10:14
Great idea if they only worked at peak times which would save sitting at red lights when there are no other cars in sight at non peak. Even better if they worked in sync with each other when they are operational. This would save traffic backing up and blocking exits. Surely in this day and age and at the cost of £2 million should ensure that this is a basic feature or am I missing something. If it's a case of it needing tweaking to get it working right then please can someone tweak away..........

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