Have your say on the name of our new town centre bridge

We’re inviting residents to submit suggestions for a fitting permanent name for the new pedestrian bridge in the town centre. 

The structure opened to the public in December 2023, and we are delighted to say that the bridge lifts are now operational. There is a small amount of work left to complete, including the area where the old temporary bridge was, and some additional public realm and cosmetic finishing works. 

The bridge links The Glass Works square with the transport interchange and Market Gate car park, providing easy access directly into our vibrant town centre as well as opening more active travel routes for residents and visitors to arrive on foot, bike, wheelchair or scooter. 

We’ve referred to it as Market Gate Bridge throughout the planning and construction phase but are now welcoming new ideas for a name through an online form which will be open until Wednesday 17 April. 

These suggestions will be put to a panel made up of representatives from businesses and organisations in and around the town centre, and the chosen name will be unveiled later this year.  

Councillor Robin Franklin, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: "When Network Rail closed the Jumble Lane level crossing for safety reasons, we were given an opportunity to create something special in the heart of the town centre as part of the ongoing regeneration. I believe we've certainly done that.  

"The ambitious design of the bridge complements The Glass Works brilliantly and adds to the continued development of our outstanding town centre. It was important that the new bridge was of as high a quality as The Glass Works. While it's taken longer than we all would have liked to get here, it has been worth the wait. 

"We’ve called it Market Gate Bridge for a while, but we wanted to take the chance to gather suggestions from our residents on a new name for the bridge now it’s complete. 

“Similarly to The Glass Works, we’re looking for ideas which reflect the rich history of Barnsley. I’m sure we’ll receive some fantastic ideas and I look forward to seeing the suggestions our residents have.” 

To put forward a name for the bridge, please complete our online form at surveys.barnsley.gov.uk/s/8XJS3M. 

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