Funding awarded to make a Barnsley road safer

Barnsley Council is set to receive £1.4m for improvements to reduce the risk of collision on a section of road thanks to a successful funding bid.

The council secured the maximum grant available from the Department for Transport’s Safer Roads Fund to carry out works on the A628 between Hoylandswaine roundabout and Flouch during the year 2019/20.

The bid was made based on specific interventions recommended by the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) and the Road Safety Foundation (RSF). The assessment considers the potential risk and severity of collisions on a road, rather than taking a ‘worst first’ approach.

A series of measures will help to remove or reduce risks along the stretch of road, making it safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. These include upgrading the street lighting, creating a section of shared cycle / pedestrian path, improving traffic signage and making speed limits clearer by installing enhanced gateway features.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “The successful funding bid is great news for Barnsley. We’re committed to making our roads as safe as possible and reducing the number of collisions on Barnsley’s roads by working closely with partners including the police to achieve this.

“The funding will help us to make improvements to part of the highway identified by the Department for Transport, iRAP and the RSF as having high potential risk for road users.”

Visit www.barnsley.gov.uk/road-safety for more information on how the council manages road safety schemes.

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