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Jumble Lane crossing closure

Football supporters and town centre visitors are reminded about changes to the Jumble Lane crossing for the football game on Saturday 22 February between Barnsley and Middlesbrough, when additional road and car park closures will also be in place.

Jumble Lane crossing was closed last year by Network Rail because of safety reasons. A temporary bridge has been put in place to allow pedestrians to safely cross over the railway line.

For Barnsley’s home game against Middlesbrough on Saturday 22 February (3pm kick-off), Jumble Lane bridge will close at 2pm and reopen an hour after the match for the safety of fans and other users. Times are subject to change dependent on operational needs.

Alternative walking routes

The alternative walking routes include:

There will be no access for supporters via the Alhambra Centre.

Middlesbrough fans will be directed from Barnsley Interchange along Schwäbisch Gmünd Way, Pontefract Road and then onto Queen’s Road to and from Oakwell.

Away fans

Middlesbrough fans travelling by car should access the Queen’s Ground ‘away fans’ car park via:

  • Harborough Hill and Queen’s Street if arriving before 12.45pm;
  • Sheffield Road, Oakwell Lane, Pontefract Road and Queen Street if arriving after 12.45pm, rather than Pontefract Road and Grove Street.

Home supporters

Following the game, home supporters are asked to leave along Pontefract Road while away fans should go from Queen’s Ground.

Interchange access

  • Barnsley Interchange bridge will be closed from 2pm to 3pm, and from 4.30pm until 5.30pm except for those with access needs.
  • Access to and from the bus station side of the interchange will be via Eldon Street.
  • Access to the interchange from Schwäbisch Gmünd Way will be for access to the railway station only. External access gates to the platforms will be closed at the same time as the interchange bridge. 
  • The existing temporary accessible route via Schwäbisch Gmünd Way and the transport interchange is only available for those with access needs.

Travelling to the game

Travelling by train

Home fans usually travelling by train are encouraged to take alternative transport into the town centre as the interchange will be heavily congested with away supporters and delays in accessing the railway station should be anticipated.

Fans wishing to travel by bus can visit travelsouthyorkshire.com to plan their journeys.

Travelling by bus

If travelling by bus, fans are encouraged to exit the bus before arriving at the interchange to avoid expected crowd congestion because of the bridge closure.

Bus services will also be diverted during this time:

  • inbound via Harborough Hill Road, Old Mill Lane, Church Street and Regent Street;
  • outbound via Eldon Street, Market Hill, St Mary’s Gate, Old Mill Lane, Harborough Hill Road.

Road and car park closures

Schwäbisch Gmünd Way on the rail station side will be closed to traffic from 2pm, and will reopen an hour after the game ends.

Additional information

Supporters are reminded to use the designated and installed crossing points on the roads for their own safety and the safety of other match-going fans. An additional crossing point will be in place on Pontefract Road for the game.

Wheelchair users or supporters with pushchairs are advised to use the pavement/footway on the Court House side of Eldon Street during peak times to avoid congestion.

Fans are also advised to pay attention to road signs when travelling to and from the game.

These traffic management measures are temporary. Once completed, the Market Gate Bridge will link the existing public transport and the Market Gate car park to The Glass Works as part of the redevelopment of Barnsley town centre. It will be fully accessible and will accommodate footfall on match days.

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