Snow Updates - Jan 14
IT'S snowing and has already put down a fair amount in the past few hours.
Here we will update with school closures and any disruption to travel routes as we find them.
Let us know of any difficult roads, school closures, or travel announcements and we will do our best to share what we know.
Schools (Updated 11.15am)
Outwood Academy Shafton - CLOSED (Afternoon only) (Updated 9.02am)
Oxspring Primary School - CLOSED Updated 9.02am)
Tankersley St Peter's CofE Primary School - CLOSED Updated 9.02am)
The Dearne Academy - CLOSED Updated 9.02am)
Brierley Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School - CLOSED Updated 9.02am)
Hoylandswaine Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 9.25am)
Oakwell Rise Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 9.25am)
Sacred Heart Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 9.25am)
Cawthorne CofE Voluntary Controlled Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 9.47am)
Darton Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 9.47am)
Greenacre School - CLOSED (Updated 9.47am)
Netherwood Academy - CLOSED (Updated 9.47am)
Springwell Alternative Academy - CLOSED (Updated 9.47am)
St Michaels and All Angels Catholic Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 9.47am)
The Forest Academy - CLOSED (From 12 noon) (Updated 10.20am)
Wellgate Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 9.47am)
Worsbrough Bank End Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 9.47am)
Springwell Special Academy - CLOSED (Updated 10.06am)
The Hill Primary Academy - CLOSED (Updated 10.06am)
Carrfield Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 10.20am)
Gooseacre Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 10.20am)
Wombwell Park Street Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 10.20am)
Holy Rood Primary School - CLOSED (Updated 10.41am)
Queens Road Academy - CLOSED (Afternoon only) (Updated 10.41am)
The Ellis CofE Primary School - CLOSED (Afternoon only) (Updated 11.15am)
St Helen's Catholic Primary - CLOSED (Updated 11.15am)
Dodworth St John the Baptist CofE Primary Academy - CLOSED (Updated 12.02pm)
Burton Road Primary School - CLOSED (Afternoon only) (Updated 12.02pm)
Trains (Updated 9.02am)
Passengers on Northern Rail trains are to expect delatys until 11am
Buses (Updated 11.14am)
ALL Stagecoach services are now suspended
Buildings (Updated 10.19am)
Darfield Library - CLOSED (Updated 9.42am)
Dodworth Library - CLOSED (Updated 10.19am)
Grimethorpe Library (Acorn Centre) - CLOSED (Updated 10.19am)
Royston Library - CLOSED (Updated 10.19am)
Tricky Roads (Updated 12.53pm)
Fish Dam Lane, Monk Bretton
Bala Street, Town Centre
Huddersfield Road, near Barugh Green - Traffic at a standstill due to a possible stuck car, please avoid where possible (Updated 9.25am)
Stoneleigh Croft, Worsbrough Common (Updated 9.27am)
Blacker Hill, Worsbrough (Updated 9.29am)
Old Mill Lane, Town Centre - Reports of cars skidding (Updated 9.33am)
Racecommon Road, Town Centre - Extremely slippy (Updated 11.38am)
Burton Road, Monk Bretton (Updated 9.52am)
Worsbrough Common - Streets are very snowy (Updated 10.15am)
Shambles Street, Town Centre - Cars are at a standstill (Updated 10.15am)
Higham - Reports are that Higham is gridlocked with traffic (Updated 10.15am)
West Gate, Monk Bretton - Very slippy road, please avoid where possible (Updated 11.15am)
Doncaster Road, Darfield - Stood traffic (Updated 11.35am)
Ardsley Hill - Two HGVs have been removed from the road following them getting stuck (Updated 11.35am)
Thicket Lane, Worsborough - Cars are reportedly stuck in the snow (Updated 11.35am)
Worsborough Bridge, Cutting Edge - Gridlocked (Updated 11.35am)
Roads towards Cortonwood - Very snowy and police are reportedly turning drivers around (Updated 11.55am)
Vernon Road, Ward Green - Dangerous conditions with traffic at standstill (Updated 12.13pm)
Park Road/Sheffield Road, Town Centre - Reportedly impassable with cars and buses at a standstill (Updated 12.37pm)
Wilthorpe Road, Redbrook - Very snowy and slippy (Updated 12.53pm)
Greenside, Staincross - Cars been ditched at the top, said to be very slippery (Updated 2.19pm)
Townend roundabout towards Westway - Traffic not moving, many cars ditched (2.31pm)
Cudworth bypass - Gridlocked with a reported lorry stuck (2.54pm)
Snape Hill, Darfield - Traffic at a standstill (Updated 3.32pm)
Road closed after burst water pipe
CEMETERY Road will be closed today following a burst water pipe over the weekend.
Yesterday (January 10) a water pipe burst at the Sheffield Road crossroads near Doncaster Road.
This caused damage to a gas pipe and cut power to the traffic signals.
Yorkshire water confirmed yesterday that works to repair the water pipe are on hold while the gas pipe is fixed.
In order to repair the damage, Cemetary Road will be closed today (January 11) in both directions from Pindar Oaks Street to Sheffield Road.
Bus routes will also be diverted while repairs are carried out.
To find out which bus routes will be affected, click here.
Stay safe in the snow
The weather has taken a cold turn and it's been snowing throughout the night and into the morning.
Us here at We Are Barnsley want to urge every one to take care when out-and-about and to drive carefully if you do need to travel - espeically in the higher parts of Barnsley.
Gritters were deployed from 6pm last night (December 28) and will continue gritting the roads until the snow clears.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “For grit to work effectively it needs traffic to crush and spread it across the road.
Even when a road is gritted snow will often still settle so please drive carefully if you do have to travel today.”
Road closure in Worsbrough Dale
A ROAD in Worsbrough Dale is set close tomorrow (November 27) for water works.
Residents on Station Road have been urged to take caution following upcoming road works that will take place overnight.
Yorkshire Water will begin work tomorrow which is due to finish on Saturday (November 28).
A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “We just want to let you know that we are aware of how inconvenient roadworks can be.
“We carefully plan in the works under strict license from the local authority to ensure the disruption is kept to a minimum.”
M1 at a standstill after incident
WE have received information that traffic has come to a standstill on the M1, which could cause delays while travelling.
Highways England confirmed today (November 23) that traffic has been temporarily stopped from J37 (Barnsley, Manchester) to J38 (Huddersfield) southbound.
This is due to a traffic collision.
In a tweet, Highways England said: “Traffic has been released in lane one, however lanes two and three remain closed.
“Please allow extra time for your journey and pass with care.”
However, some drivers have reported experiencing standstill traffic in lane one.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: "Emergency services are curently on scene at a road traffic collision on the M1 southbound.
"Two lanes are closed and delays of around an hour are expected."
*This is an ongoing incident – we will update the story as more information becomes available.
Work to tackle Tanksersley congestion
WORKS to ease traffic and congestion issues at a roundabout in Tankersley will begin at the end of this month.
Highways England will begin work on the Westwood A61 roundabout, adding an extra lane to the roundabout and traffic lights to all roads approaching the roundabout aside from Maple Road.
The planned work aims to reduce congestion and delays while improving traffic flows on the roundabout, as well as enabling real-time information for motorists about weather conditions or closures.
This is the first phase of the Trans-Pennine Upgrade project which will improve journey times between Sheffield and Manchester.
Work has been going on for several years to try to find the most effective and affordable way of improving the road, with the main purpose being to alleviate traffic.
During rush hour Westwood roundabout can become heavily congested and to combat this Highways England will be widening the slip roads and adding an extra lane on the roundabout to increase capacity.
The Westwood roundabout is where the A61 meets the A616 and regularly sees road users stuck on the dual carriageway waiting to get onto the M1 north and long queues of traffic at both Westwood roundabout and Birdwell roundabout.
Coun Jim Andrews, who represents the Rockingham Ward, believes the work will benefit drivers and will have a knock-on effect for residents in the area.
“I think it will do really well for Birdwell,” said Jim. “It will do something about getting cars away from that area quicker. Anything that gets traffic away quicker will be a bonus for the area.
“This is something that has been looked into for a while now. The traffic from there backs up to the M1 roundabout in Birdwell to the M1 turn off, so if this will help that, that will be great.
“The roundabout is where roads from Barnsley, Sheffield and Rotherham meet. The works will be good for the area.”
Highways England project manager Khalid El-Rayes said: “By carrying out these improvements we will ease congestion through this important roundabout and increase the capacity for the future.
“The new technology we are installing will provide better information for drivers. We want to thank drivers for their patience while we carry out this work and encourage people who want to know more to come and talk to me and my team at our public events.”
Work on the roundabout is due to start at the end of March and all the work including the new road sign technology is expected to be complete by March 2021.
Road closed following incident
A ROAD has been closed this morning following an incident.
Rotherham Road, close to the junction for Burton Road, has been closed by police.
Please allow extra time for your journey and use an alternative route.
Tree blocking road
A TREE has fell on to a main road blocking it in both directions.
Keresforth Hill Road was blocked this morning due to the tree.
Barnsley Council removed the tree, clearning the road by 12.30pm
Woodhead pass closed
A MAIN road is closed after a lorry overturned
The Woodhead Pass has been closed after a lorry overturned, blocking the road in both directions.
South Yorkshire Police have advised motorists to plan an alternative route and have notconfirmed when the road will reopen.
Storm Ciara - updates
A YELLOW warning for wind is currently in place due to storm Ciara.
The wind is currently reaching speeds of 70mph and there is disruption to travel due to fallen trees.
The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert on The Upper River Don, The River Dearne at Darton and Barugh and residents are being urged to remain vigilant.
Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, has a fallen tree which is blocking access to Cannon Hall.
A tree has also fallen on Huddersfield Road, Haigh, Windmill Road/ Aldamhouse Lane Wombwell, Churchfield Lane, Kexbrough, Burying Lane, Elsecar, Rabbit Ings, Royston and Manchester Road, Penistone, .
A tree is partially blocking the road on Halifax Road between Ingbirtchworth and Scout File.
Barnsley Council has issued a statement asking motorists to avoid those two areas.
Stagecoach have issued a statement advising that the service 95 and X10 are unable to service Churchfield Lane due to a tree blocking the road.
The busses are diverting along Huddersfield Road/Ballfield Lane in both directions.
A tree has also fallen into the road on Barnsley Road northbound heading onto Wath Road.
The A628 Woodhead pass has been closed in both directions to all traffic.
Traffic lights are also out on Doncaster Road on the junction for Cemetery Road and there are reports of a powrr cut in the S70 area.
The bridge on Smithies Lane has surface water so please drive with caution. Pontefract Road close to Cundycross Hill also has surface water.
There is also flooding on the Hemsworth Bypass on the A628 towards Brierley.
Please only travel if it is essential.
Replacement water pipe in Royston
A NEW water pipe to replace one prone to bursting is set to be installed in Royston.
Yorkshire Water will begin works on Lee Lane from February 10 and the project is set to cost £400,000.
During the work, Lee Lane will close to through traffic from the junction with Wakefield Road to the access road for the new development.
A diversion will be in place.
Vicky Scroggins, Yorkshire Water community engagement advisor said: “This is a vital project that will have a real impact on reducing bursts and maintaining water supplies.
“We would like to thank residents for their patience in advance and let people know that local businesses will remain open during the work.”
Restrictions in place for match day
RESTRICTIONS in place around the town centre on Barnsley Football Club’s matchdays will come into force earlier than usual tomorrow.
The Reds’ South Yorkshire derby clash against Sheffield Wednesday kicks off at 1.30pm and Jumble Lane’s temporary footbridge will be closed to pedestrians an hour before.
It will reopen at 4.30pm, according to Barnsley Council, and fans heading to Oakwell from the town centre have been advised to follow walking routes via Midland Street, Eldon Street and Schwabisch Gmund Way.
Fans exiting Barnsley Interchange have been told to use Cheapside and Lambra Road as alternative routes to the stadium.
Broken down vehicle
A VEHICLE has broken down on Hunningley Lane causing traffic delays.
Please allow extra time for your journey.
Power cut affecting bus station
BUS users may face travel delays this afternoon following a power cut.
The Barnsley Interchange is currently without power and the screens are currently off, preventing passengers from viewing what times or what stand their bus is leaving from.
The pharmacy, Subway, Cooplands and Select Convenience have also had to close while they wait for the power to be turned back on.
The lifts and the escalator are also currently out of service.
Northern Rail to go into public ownership
THE company operating trains through Barnsley will be stripped of its franchise and its services will be brought under government control, it has been announced.
The transport secretary Grant Shapps announced this afternoon that Northern Rail’s franchise will be stripped from German operator Arriva Rail North from March 1, following months of major disruptions.
Northern Rail serves Barnsley, connecting passengers to Sheffield, Leeds and Huddersfield and the company has been under fire since May 2018 when a new timetable was introduced across the Northern network.
Northern bosses initially blamed ‘challenges outside of its control’ however Grant Shapps said that passengers had ‘lost trust’ in the north’s rail network and people across the north deserve a better service.
Traffic delays on main road
MOTORISTS will be facing traffic delays on a main Barnsley road.
There are currently road works on Harborough Hill road on both sides.
One lane is closed on each side.
Please allow extra time for your journey.
Horses roaming the road
THERE are horses currently roaming Barnsley Road between Brierley and Shafton.
Please drive with caution.
Incident on the M1
COMMUTERS will be facing traffic delays this morning.
There has been an incident on the M1 southbound between junction 36 and 35a of the M1.
Emergency services are currently on the scene and the motorway is closed between the junctions.
Highways England confirmed there are delays of approximately 30 minutes.
Please allow extra time for your journey.