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.

Frequently asked questions and updated plans

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

We have modelled traffic flow before and after the scheme works to plan the scheme.

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.
  • Pogmoor recreation ground will benefit from improved pedestrian access with provision of footpath, benches and dog fouling bins.
  • Upgrading of Sugden’s recreation ground on Stocks Lane will be upgraded from an EPA to a NEAP, which has a wider catchment area of 1000m, as oppose to 400m and has additional 5 new pieces of equipment from 3 to 8 equipment pieces.

‘Embrace’ the children’s hospital air ambulance charity, is considering new locations to relocate to, however permission will still be retained to land if necessary.

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

You can view and comment on the planning documents on the planning portal.

You can also view:

Appropriation of Land application - change of land use at Penny Pie Park

Side Road Orders

M1 Junction 37 - Economic growth corridor

Phase 2: Claycliffe

Barnsley Council have been awarded a £10.63 million Local Government Fund (LGF) to contribute to the delivery of new and improved highway infrastructure works - subject to planning approval, in the vicinity of M1 Junction 37 (Claycliffe). Barnsley Council’s Cabinet gave the authority to enter into negotiations with Sheffield City Region on 5 February 2020 regarding the acceptance of the LGF grant funding.

The significant funding will improve and widen Capitol Close/Higham Lane, make improvements to the Chestnut Tree roundabout and provide new access into MU1 (Barnsley West), a mixed use employment and housing site allocated as part of Barnsley’s Local Plan.

The Masterplan Framework for MU1 (Barnsley West), was adopted by Full Council on 19 December 2019, following a community consultation exercise, supporting the delivery of more than 3500 new jobs in the area, 1700 new homes, plus public open space and a new primary school.

Initial planning applications submitted for the highway improvements to facilitate this development can be viewed via the planning portal.

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
  • 73 hectares of new employment land at Goldthorpe

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.

M1 Junction 36 - Dearne Valley economic growth corridor

Phase 2 - Goldthorpe

Barnsley Council has appointed contractor NMCN to carry out major improvement works to the Cathill, Broomhill and Wath Road roundabouts along the M1 Junction 36 - A6195/A635 Dearne Valley, Economic Growth Corridor scheme.

The works will increase the sizes of the three existing roundabouts and widen the lane approaches and exits to reduce existing traffic congestion at peak times. A grant of £7.32 million was confirmed in early 2019 by Sheffield City Region from the Local Growth Fund (LGF) to help carry out the works.

The project will make sure the road network has the capacity to accommodate any future traffic growth from the development of the local plan allocated employment site ES10 located off the A635 at Goldthorpe. It will help by reducing the amount of standing traffic, improving pedestrian and cycling safety through shared-use routes, and providing designated crossing facilities.

Initial pre-construction work has now started - from Monday 17 February 2020.

Improvement works on phase one - Cathill roundabout, are likely to start from 2 March 2020.

Due to the nature and scale of the work, temporary traffic management will be required to minimise risk to the workforce and general public. As a result, some delays should be expected.

The scheme will:

  • Help improve the environment and quality of our residents' lives by improving traffic flow and reducing existing traffic congestion in the A6195 and A635 areas. This will be achieved by improving three existing roundabouts: Cathill, Broomhill and Wath Road; and the introduction of a new access/roundabout into the Goldthorpe employment land ES10 in Barnsley’s Local Plan.
  • Assist in the delivery of 72.9 ha of employment land identified as site reference ES10 in Barnsley’s Local Plan, helping to bring new jobs to the area. This follows on from Full Council adoption of the Local Plan on Thursday 3 January 2019.

Planned roundabout improvements

We've appointed the contractor, NMCN, to deliver highway improvement works on roundabouts at Goldthorpe, Cathill Broomhill and Wath Road.  Construction works are likely to begin in February 2020 and be completed in March 2021.  

You can take a look at more information about these works.   

Funding breakdown

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

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:

Company Information
Talurit UK International manufacturing company with headquarters in Sweden
Esco GB Ltd Global manufacturer of laboratory, medical and healthcare equipment
Environment Agency Executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Universal Components Leading supplier of truck and trailer components, originally from Sheffield

Combined, these have provided more than 150 job opportunities in the borough.

Phase 2

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.

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