Roadworks planned for roundabout on major South Yorkshire Road

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Work to improve a roundabout on a major South Yorkshire road starts this month.

The project will see traffic lights installed at the A61 Westwood roundabout in Tankersley to control the flow of traffic better.

A new road will also cut through the centre of the roundabout and traffic following the A61 will continue across the junction without the need to negotiate the roundabout.

All of the approaches to the junction and the roundabout will also be widened as part of the scheme, which is due to start on Monday, September 14.

The scheme will be delivered in three phases.

Preparatory groundwork will be carried out until Friday, March 4, with all work taking place between 8pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only, in a bid to reduce disruption to motorists.

The main construction work will start in April 2016.

Highways England project manager, Martin Barnes, said: “These improvements will increase the capacity of the junction which currently sees significant traffic congestion on the approaches at peak times.

“It’s essential that the work takes place so that drivers can benefit from safer journeys.”