Plans to widen bottleneck Barnsley road to ease congestion

One of Barnsley’s busiest roads could be widened to five lanes, in a bid to ease congestion.

Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 12:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 1:21 pm

Under the plans, lodged by the South Yorkshire Transport Executive, Old Mill Lane would be widened by an extra two lanes, one of which would be a bus lane.

A cycle and pedestrian path on either side of the carriageway is proposed, and the bridge over the River Dearne would be widened by approximately 7m to accommodate the additional lanes.

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The alterations would be made on the stretch of the road from Asda up to Wickes.

A report states that the scheme is needed because the stretch suffers from ‘congestion, significant delay and journey time variation for buses and general traffic’.

A 2017 study found that the Old Mill Lane bridge is a ‘bottleneck for southbound traffic’ towards the town centre,

To make way for the scheme, 14 car parking spaces will be taken from the Asda car park, as well as a memorial, bus shelter and Asda recycling centre.