Goldthorpe economic growth corridor FAQ's

Please read our frequently asked questions on Goldthorpe's economic growth corridor. 

What is the purpose of the A6195/A635 Goldthorpe Economic Growth Corridor highway improvement scheme?

The purpose of the scheme is to deliver highway improvements to three existing roundabouts

  • Cathill
  • Broomhill
  • Wath Road

By increasing them in size and widening the entrance and exit lanes.  This will help improve traffic journey times and reduce traffic congestion, which is currently a concern now, and for the future.

In addition, the proposed introduction of a new access/roundabout will help with the delivery of 72.9 hectares of employment land in Goldthorpe (identified in the Local Plan adopted in January 2019, as site reference ES10), positively impacting on the economic wellbeing of residents by providing new and additional jobs.

The delivery of the highway improvements to the three existing roundabouts will ensure that the impact of any additional traffic generated, as a result of developing the new employment land, will be kept to a minimum.

Why is this highway improvement scheme necessary?

The results from traffic modelling research/surveys have shown that even without development of the employment site (ES10 off the A635) traffic congestion will continue to increase on the existing three roundabouts of Cathill; Wath Road and Broomhill on the Dearne Valley Parkway (A6195), impacting on local road users and reducing the attractiveness of other employment and housing sites along the corridor. Therefore, improvements to the three roundabouts are required to improve the current congestion issues and to make sure, in the future, the road network in the area is not further affected, because of the proposed new commercial development at the site ES10.

The scheme is much more than a highways scheme; it plays a big part in Barnsley’s wider economic regeneration and growth, helping to contribute to the delivery of the borough’s Local Plan.

The Local Plan supports the aim to:

  • create more and better jobs, providing better and more employment opportunities
  • create new housing
  • improve earnings
  • increase opportunities for residents while protecting what is special about the borough
  • Once the scheme is completed it will provide opportunities for access to a large amount of new jobs for residents.

When did the scheme receive approval?

The scheme has received approval by Barnsley Council Cabinet on 17 December 2019 and was approved by Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority on 18 November 2019.  

 What will be the benefits once the scheme is completed?

  • Reduce existing traffic congestion/queuing at certain peak times along the A6195/A635, leading to the three roundabout areas of Cathill, Broomhill and Wath Road by reducing journey times.
  • It will make sure the road network has the capacity to accommodate any future traffic growth that could arise from the development of the local plan allocated employment site ES10, located off the A635 at Goldthorpe.
  • It will also help to increase the efficiency of public transport which links employment sites and housing estates in the area.
  • It will ultimately help to create more and better jobs, improve earnings and increase opportunities for residents.
  • It will strengthen our economic growth and attract more businesses to the area.
  • It will also help grow opportunities for current Barnsley businesses.
  • Improve the quality of the environment for all, by reducing the quantity of standing traffic, and improving pedestrian and cycling safety by providing shared-use routes and designated crossing facilities.

What are the timescales for the scheme?

  • The delivery of the improvement works to the three roundabouts commenced February 2019 with pre-construction clearance works, prior to the bird nesting season. The construction works have now started.  It is anticipated the works will be completed by 31st March 2021.
  • Works at the employment site, (see Local Plan ES10) which is proposed to receive a new access/roundabout are proposed to commence after the first stage of works are completed.
  • The employment site ES10 as referred to in the Local Plan, will be developed/built over a longer term, approximately 10 years, following appointment of a commercial developer, who will enable the building of units for employment use on the site

What is the name of the contractor delivering the works to the three roundabouts Cathill, Wath Road and Broomhill?

  • The contractor is nmcn.
  • Contact details for the contractor are: James Betts, nmcn, Site Manager. Email James on james.betts@nmcn.com

How will the scheme benefit Barnsley residents?

We’re committed to making Barnsley a better place to live, work, invest and visit. We will make sure that we make the most of land which is available to meet our residents’ needs, alongside growing Barnsley’s economy.

The scheme will contribute directly and successfully to Barnsley Council’s Vision and Council Plan:

  1. thriving and vibrant economy
  2. people achieving their potential
  3. strong and resilient communities

What organisations have been involved in the scheme?

Barnsley Council, RSPB, Sheffield City Region, Ecological professional practices, traffic modelling specialists, air and noise specialists.

How have the council involved the RSPB during the A6195/A635 highway improvement scheme?

The council and RSPB have worked together during the design of the scheme, and this work continues while works are being delivered on site.  Both organisations fully recognise the partnership working as being important to make sure the scheme is delivered in a way that is respectful to the environment, wildlife and nature of not only the Broomhill Old Moor Reserve, but also the wider and surrounding area of the Dearne Valley due to its exceptionally rural location.

Have any wildlife, nature, environmental surveys been carried out?

Wildlife and natural environment surveys have been completed by specialists on behalf of the council, these results were shared with the RSPB, and were used during the design of the scheme to make sure the wildlife, nature and environment requirements in the local area are safeguarded during design and delivery, and will aim to have a positive impact on this going forward.

What environmental, wildlife, nature improvements are being delivered alongside the site by the RSPB?

The council and the RSPB have worked together to identify compensatory measures that could assist in safeguarding the natural environment and wildlife.

These include:  

  • The introduction of Konik ponies. They will assist in helping the natural environment and the wildlife, and will positively enhance and support other wildlife species. The Koniks will not be based all the time at Gypsy Marsh but will be at the RSPB’s Houghton Washland site in the Dearne Valley and will be moved to grazing sites including Gypsy Marsh.  This will spread the benefits of grazing through the Dearne Valley more widely. 
  • The physical design improvements to Edderthorpe Flash, will help in positively improving and providing the most suitable natural environment for important wildlife species. This work will join up with other improvements planned by the RSPB for further water management improvements at the Flash. 

What are the reasons the soil being excavated from other improvement schemes in the local area cannot be reused?

The type of soil from those schemes, could only be reused for top-soiling and to fill landscape areas.  For this scheme, all existing topsoil has been screened and will be reused. Therefore, this has not required any new soil to be delivered and has not required any usage of soil from other schemes in the area.  The landscape areas have been filled by reusing the site materials already there.

How is the contractor protecting the environment while the work on-site is delivered, and safeguarding against any increases in the carbon footprint/usage?

Good working practises on-site mean that the contractor, so far, has only disposed of and taken away from site materials that are unsuitable for using as part of the scheme. 

The contractor has reduced the need to bring in any new materials to the site, by being able to reuse materials generated from the site (eg old kerbs).

All new materials for the scheme have been classified as recycled materials.  These include materials from other industries, such as waste materials. More information is provided below on:

  • working with other industries
  • what and how materials have been reused
  • quantity of recycled materials being used and savings made
  • how is machinery on site being used

The scheme has been able to take advantage of using waste materials from Ferrybridge Power station.  This is a direct example of using another industry.  If that material was not used, the power station would have to send it to a landfill site, which would contribute in a very negative way to the environment.   The scheme has prevented 30,000 tonnes of waste having to go a landfill site. The scheme demonstrates how joint working can achieve delivery of the scheme in a very environmentally friendly way.  In addition, by using recycled materials, the scheme has not required any new quarrying or new digging out on site that would have created more energy use.

The contractor is using machinery on site that is separating out and sieving soil. For every tonne used on site, it stops the need to bring the same amount to site. This is creating a suitable topsoil that can be used for all site areas.  Usually, soil which contains roots for example would have needed to be taken away from site and topsoil brought in. This is not required due to using the sieving on site. So far, 1,500 tonnes of on-site soil has been reused.   

The contractor is using machinery on site to carry out the crushing of all precast concrete waste, such as:

  • old manhole covers
  • kerbstones
  • concrete
  • drainage channels

As this waste material can be broken down into various sizes and grades, it is being reused as:

  • fill for the middle areas of the roundabouts
  • general landscaping areas
  • fill for the embankments
  • fill for the middle of the islands

To date approximately 1,500 tonnes of waste material, which would normally have been taken away, has been reused on site.

How may tonnes of energy/carbon have been saved?

A carbon footprint/energy assessment of the scheme has been completed and the result shows the scheme up to this stage, has saved approximately 129.6 tonnes of carbon/energy.

By the end of the scheme it is projected there will have been approximately 200 tonnes of carbon/energy saved.

Based on the positive results of the carbon footprint/energy assessment and taking into account all the positive environmental ways the scheme is delivering the works; this scheme will be submitted for a European Green Apple Environmental Awards

What impact will the scheme have on air and noise quality?

  • Due to continued and increasing traffic congestion if this scheme was not delivered, the environmental quality of the area would be likely to deteriorate.
  • Whilst the scheme is being delivered, the council and contractor, by using online software, are continuing to monitor site noise daily, during the day and at night. The contractor, Regulatory Services and the Project Management team have access to the data, in order to monitor the situation. Please be assured that if at any point, limits are exceeded then the contractor will amend their method of working to reduce noise levels to within acceptable limits.  Dust mitigations are also being undertaken as part of the works.
  • The council is currently investigating the benefits of installing additional acoustic barrier fencing as part of the scheme, to see if future noise can be reduced even further. We are awaiting the results of this research to assess the benefits and to identify potential locations for the installation of the fencing. We will continue to keep residents informed.

Why aren’t zebra crossings being provided?

The scheme has been designed in line with the guidance provided by the Department of Transport, which details when traffic signalled crossings should be used. As there are no plans to reduce the speed limit in the area, zebra crossings could not be provided on this type of road network, in line with the Department of Transport guidance.

How will the council and contractor make sure the works are completed in the safest way?

Temporary traffic management (such as temporary traffic lights, lane closures and road closures) will be required to minimise risk to the workforce and general public. As a result, some delays are to be expected. 

To make sure that these works are delivered safely, some evening and early morning work will be required, and because of the nature of the works there is a requirement for temporary road closures.  These will always be kept to an absolute minimum. The contractor will provide advance notification of these closures, by providing on site signage.  There will also be notifications of the road closures provided on the Barnsley Council website and through the council’s social media channels.

Where possible, every effort will be made to minimise any disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience caused during the works.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience in this matter while we carry out these crucial highway improvements.

What type of new lighting will be provided for the scheme?

The new lighting to be provided will not be halogen type, which is what is currently provided. The new provision will be a LED system, which uses much less energy.

How will the scheme deal with any extra surface water?

The drainage design takes in to account the additional area of highway - where necessary, increasing the capacity of the surface water network by extending the combined drain and kerb system. Also, by putting in some measures to assist in allowing the rate in which surface water enters sewers/water courses to be slowed down.

Who can be contacted at the council regarding any queries about the scheme?

For more information, email Suzanne Brough our Senior Major Projects Officer or call (01226) 773290.