This project will improve the highways and enable two key areas of employment land along the M1 Junction 36 / A6195 Dearne Valley Economic Growth Corridor to be created. 

Learn more about the project below.

Phase 1 - Hoyland

Work package one: highway improvements

This road improvement scheme on the A61 Birdwell Roundabout at M1 Junction 36 was completed in summer 2017. The work was completed by Lumsden and Carroll Civil Engineering, part of Esh Construction, on behalf of Barnsley Council.

Birdwell junction

The project will open up and accelerate the development of:

  • 23.37 hectares of previously allocated employment land
  • 110.6 hectares of recently allocated new employment land at Hoyland, through the adoption of the local plan in January 2019
  • 72.9 hectares of new employment land at Goldthorpe, through the adoption of the local plan in January 2019

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.

Work package two and three: Harworth

A ground breaking ceremony on Friday 2 October marked the beginning of phases two and three of the development works at Gateway 36 on the Dearne Valley Parkway.  The area was classified as employment land as part of Barnsley Council's Local Plan which was adopted in 2019.

Gateway 36 ground breaking ceremony

The works are being organised by the Harworth Group following the completion of their first phase of units which has occupiers including the Environment Agency and the Car Depot.

The site covers 28.6ha of land straddling both sides of the Dearne Valley Parkway, with permission granted for a development up to 102,193sqm of employment units for uses including light and general industrial use, as well as storage and distribution.

View a plan of the proposed development.

The development is partly funded through the Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Fund (SCRIF). More details on the development can be found on Planning Explorer.

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.

Improvement works have now commenced on all three roundabouts. The overall scheme completion is anticipated to be in March 2021. You can take a look at more information about these works. or read Goldthorpe economic growth corridors FAQs.

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.

Funding breakdown

The total investment the scheme is £57.03m.

This is made up of:

  • Sheffield City Region investment funding (SCRIF): £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%


You can provide feedback about the scheme by visiting our complaints and compliments page.

All feedback received is fully appreciated and will contribute to shaping any similar schemes that may be delivered in the future.

Road closures

Fitzwilliam Road, Darfield (junction with Rotherham Road)

Fitzwilliam Road, Darfield, will be closed at its junction with Rotherham Road between the following dates to safely enable works:

  • Saturday 19 September to Saturday 24 October

For the duration of the closure, access for residents and local businesses will be from the A635 Doncaster Road. Please follow the on site diversion route signs

Wath Road roundabout

There will be overnight road closures in place at Wath Road roundabout, including all approaching roads, from Monday 26 October to Sunday 8 November, from 8pm to 5am.

You can view the overall diversions for Wath Road roundabout and the detailed diversion routes for Wath Road roundabout. Please follow the on site diversion route signs.

Broomhill roundabout

There will be overnight road closures in place at Broomhill roundabout, including all approaching roads from Monday 9 November to Wednesday 23 December, from 8pm to 5am.

View the full diversions for Broomhill roundabout. Please follow the on site diversion route signs.

Trans Pennine Trail diversion

As part of the Goldthorpe highway improvement scheme, the Trans Pennine Trail will be temporarily diverted until the end of December. Due to the unpredictable nature of the works, dates may be subject to change.

The existing underpass at Broomhill, Wombwell will be extended to accommodate the road widening. A diversion route will be signed throughout the works to minimise disruption and to protect the safety of visitors and staff.

We’d like to reassure residents that we won’t be diverting people through the Kingfisher Drive estate. You can find the full Trans Pennine Trail diversion here.

More information can be found by visiting the Trans Pennine Trail website.

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