Barnsley transport plan agreed

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A multi-million pound plan to improve transport in Barnsley has been agreed.

The report includes the repair and resurfacing of over 21 miles of road, installing signals at Junction 37 of the M1 and developing a new road scheme on the A61 Birdwell roundabout - which is the second most congested road in the country according to Department of Transport statistics.

Councillors say the £15.7m transport plan - which also includes transforming the streets adjacent to Barnsley Town Hall and environmental improvements in the town centre - will help with the town’s ‘growth aspirations’.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet member for place, said: “Making sure we have the right transport infrastructure in place is crucial in making sure Barnsley can facilitate growth.

“A high quality, efficient transport system which addresses areas of congestion helps reduce time lost by businesses and the travelling public, making the borough attractive to businesses looking for employment land.”

Improvements at bus stops and new cycle trails are included in the transport plan.

It is also planned to resurface roads and footpaths along Wellington Street and part of New Street in the town centre.