Accelerated £20 million investment announced to enhance Barnsley's Highway Network

Barnsley Council Highway's department is proud to announce the acceleration of this year's capital programme, with a total investment of over £20 million into the improvement of our road infrastructure. This strategic decision aims to make a significant impact on our highway network before the next winter season.

Last winter saw one of the harshest seasons in recent record, causing considerable damage to our roads and footways due to extreme weather conditions. In response to these challenges, we have made the decision to bring forward our £20 million investment, compressing the timeline to complete a signification proportion of these works within a six-month period. This proactive approach will make sure that our worst affected roads are better prepared for next winter.

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton, Leader of Barnsley Council, said: “It’s very important to me that we keep our roads and infrastructure in good condition for our residents and businesses as we all rely on these for everyday travel and to support our economy.

“By accelerating our maintenance and repair efforts with this substantial £20 million investment, we are demonstrating our dedication to providing safe and accessible roads for all.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during this time, as we work together to improve our transport links and help our borough thrive.”

Cllr James Higginbottom, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Highways, said: “We are committed to investing into our highways network with a total planned investment in excess of £20m for 2023/24. What is more, we are accelerating the speed at which we deliver that repairs programme, aiming to complete the majority of works before next winter starts to bite.

“We recognise that increased road maintenance may cause some inconvenience to local people and businesses across Barnsley but that is necessary to ensure we repair and maintain our roads.

“This substantial investment into our highway network will fix our roads, invest in our communities and unlock future economic opportunities for the people and communities of Barnsley.”

The accelerated investment will cover all 21 wards within the borough, with extensive roadworks and enhancements planned over the next six months. Residents and stakeholders can expect visible progress as the council strives to deliver lasting improvements to the road network ahead of schedule.

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