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.

Horses roaming

THERE are horses currently roaming Barnsley Road between Brierley and Shafton.


Please drive with caution.

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.

Incident on Racecommon Road

THERE has been an incident on Racecommon Road, Barnsley.

Emergency sercives are currently on the scene.

Please allow extra time for your journey.

Temporary lights in place for the next month

TEMPORARY traffic lights on a main road into Barnsley came into force this week and will remain until mid February as resurfacing works are carried out by Barnsley Council. 

Works will be carried out on the A633 - Barnsley Road and Wombwell Lane - between the White Rose roundabout and Screwfix/Greggs. 

The lights will be in operation between 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays, and 7.30am and 4pm on Sundays to minimise disruption. Temporary lights will only be in place during these times.

A spokesman for Barnsley Council said: “This is part of our ongoing maintenance programme, to improve the quality of the road surface along this route and provide a better and safer driving experience.”

Incident on Tank Row

THERE has been an incident on Tank Row, Lundwood.

Emergency sercives are currently on the scene.

Please allow extra time for your journey.


Traffic restriction in force

A TEMPORARY traffic restriction is in force on a town centre street.


Peel Street, from Wellington Street to Fenton Street, will be one-way for the next two Sundays.


The removal of a telecommunications mast, sited on the Post Office’s roof, on nearby Pitt Street, has forced the change.

Congestion following incident

CONMUTERS may face delays following an incident close to the motorway junction.

Emergency services are currently on Haigh Lane, Woolley. 

Woolley Edge Lane and Intake Lane are currently congested.


Please allow extra time for your journey.

Call for clarity over train operator

BARNSLEY Central MP and Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis has called for ‘urgent and decisive action’ as the transport secretary announced train operator Northern Rail could be stripped of its franchise.


Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced yesterday – the same day that rail fares were hiked by 2.7 per cent – that the process to bring the network back into public hands had already started, calling the current service ‘unacceptable’ and saying Northern could either be stripped of its franchise or issued a short-term contract.


But Mr Jarvis said the government should share some responsibility for a ‘catalogue of disasters’ with the franchisee, run by German-owned firm Arriva.


“Despite calls from Northern leaders and myself, the government has consistently failed to act, with passengers being let down by delayed, overcrowded, and expensive services,” said the Barnsley Central MP.


“Thursday’s announcement merely reaffirms the process which the transport secretary started in the autumn.


“This is something I’ve been pressing for since I became mayor, and I’ll be raising yet again in Parliament on Tuesday to get further clarity on the government’s proposed solution.”

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