M1 Junction 37 - Economic growth corridor
Phase 1: A628 Dodworth Road/Broadway Junction improvement
For some time the council has been exploring options to ease existing congestion and improve air quality along Dodworth Road. We need to find a long-term solution that will provide enough capacity for the current volume of traffic as well as accommodating the future business and housing growth aspirations of Barnsley.
Junction 37 of the M1 is the key route into Barnsley Town Centre. The motorway is the responsibility of Highways England, who could use statutory powers against the council should congestion lead to standing traffic backing up on the motorway, as is predicted without the proposed scheme.
Journey times from M1 Junction 37 into the town centre have almost trebled in less than two decades, from a morning rush hour average of ten minutes in 2000 to around 27 minutes today.
What are the road-user benefits?
The delivery of any highway improvement scheme will impact on the road users during construction. However, once completed, the scheme will:
- reduce congestion and queue lengths
- improve safety in the vicinity of Horizon Community College
- improve cycling and walking routes in the vicinity
From the M1, traffic will take a left turn on a one-way road, adding length to the route. This will help traffic to flow freely and therefore reduce queuing times on Dodworth Road.
Whilst having a positive effect on the traffic flow and access to Barnsley, it is recognised that the proposed Dodworth Road highway scheme significantly encroaches into the area known as Penny Pie Park. This would occur with each of the potential options assessed, but in contrast, unlike some of the alternative options, it does not result in the acquisition and demolition of any residential properties.
What are the proposals to mitigate impact on Penny Pie Park?
A green space appraisal has been carried out to address and compensate for the impact of the proposed scheme on the green space known as Penny Pie Park. The proposal is to enhance the facilities on offer and create a high-quality, functional and attractive environment for the neighbourhood area:
- The existing play area, multi-use games area and outdoor gym facility will be retained and relocated in the vicinity known as Penny Pie Park, with new footpaths and a children's cycle path proposed.
- Pogmoor recreation ground will benefit from improved pedestrian access with provision of footpath, benches and dog fouling bins.
- Sugdens recreation ground on Stocks Lane will be upgraded from a catchment area of 400 m to 1,000 m.
The emergency services helicopter currently has permission to land in the area known as Penny Pie Park, which provides swift access to Barnsley Hospital. This permission will be retained within the vicinity and access for the ambulance will be relocated as part of the proposals.
Planning application link and further information
The proposed scheme is subject to the usual planning consultation:
Application no. - 2018/0965
Description - Signalised gyratory roundabout with improvements to the existing Dodworth Road/Broadway/Pogmoor Road junction and re-configuration of park
Location: Penny Pie Park, Dodworth Road/Pogmoor Road, Barnsley
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M1 Junction 36 - Dearne Valley economic growth corridor
Phase 1 - Hoyland
This road improvement scheme on the A61 Birdwell Roundabout at M1 Junction 36 was completed in summer 2017. The work was carried out by Lumsden & Carroll Civil Engineering, part of Esh Construction, on behalf of Barnsley Council.
The project will open up and accelerate the development of:
- 23.37 hectares of existing allocated employment land
- 116 hectares of proposed new employment land at Hoyland (subject to adoption of the local plan)
- 73 hectares of new employment land at Goldthorpe (subject to adoption of the local plan)
Between them, these sites have the potential to generate up to 6500 (net) new jobs in the area.
Legal agreements between Barnsley council and landowners/commercial development partners are in place to enable commercial floorspace to be developed from 2018 onwards. This will bring in around £39m of private sector investment.
The total investment the scheme is £57.03m.
This is made up of:
- Sheffield City Region investment funding: £15.7m
- total other public sector investment: £1.393m from Highways England and £165k from Barnsley Council
- total private investment: £39.76m
SCRIF contribution as percentage of total scheme investment: 27.5%
Property Investment Fund
Our Property Investment Fund enables partnership working with developers to construct new commercial premises.
It's a flagship initiative included in our Jobs and Business Plan. The plan set out a commercially-focused blueprint for creating more jobs and more businesses in the borough.
Phase 1 of the PIF at R-evolution @ Gateway 36 business park included the construction of a total of 230,000sqft of industrial units. Companies on site include:
Combined, these have provided more than 150 job opportunities in the borough.
The second phase of the Property Investment Fund is under development by Marshall Construction at Capitol Park, Dodworth.
It'll provide two industrial units - one of 23,900sqft and one 15,000sqft.