Business chiefs support £150m roads upgrade

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BUSINESS bosses have welcomed news that work is to go ahead on a £150 million scheme to improve the M1 through South Yorkshire early next year.

The Highways Agency has announced the stretch between junction 32 at Thurcroft and 35a near Chapeltown will become a ‘managed motorway’.

Under the change, the hard shoulder will be opened as a fourth lane at peak times, when reduced speed limits will apply.

The section of motorway is used by 110,000 vehicles each day with congestion and delays at peak times.

Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber’s chief executive, Andrew Denniff, said: “This proposal applies to the stretch of the motorway which runs right through the heart of the Sheffield City Region and is a key route for business people and the general public travelling between Barnsley and Rotherham, and beyond.

“The development of this part of the M1 has been on the agenda of the chamber for several years. Developing infrastructure was also part of a business manifesto produced by the region’s chambers of commerce earlier this year.”