A61 Royston active travel scheme

Project overview

Barnsley Council, the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and their partners are proposing a series of walking and cycling improvements as part of the A61 Royston active travel scheme.

The project is part of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). Barnsley Council has secured over £13m of this central government funding, with £5.2m allocated to this project.

The A61 Royston – Smithies – Barnsley active travel route is a significant section of new off/on road cycling infrastructure which links the Principal Town of Royston to Barnsley town centre.

There is a growing demand for cycling to work, education and for leisure and health purposes. However, the perception is that people are uncomfortable riding a bike on roads used by cars and other vehicles, suggesting busy roads and poor existing cycle facilities and routes are putting off cyclists in the Barnsley area.

For our scheme, we have assessed the key issues which include:

  • Lack of off-road 'safe' cycle routes
  • Poor quality physical infrastructure that doesn’t facilitate cyclists, such as inaccessible and unsafe crossings
  • Lack of linkages to other routes
  • Poor connections between residential areas and local amenities
  • Lack of signposted cycle routes
  • Poor quality cycle parking
  • Conflicts between turning movements
  • Risk of flooding on some sections of the route
  • Poor quality public realm and landscaping – impacting on pedestrian and cycling amenity

Projected timeline

The table below shows the proposed key milestones that we are currently working towards.

Activity Date
Outline business case submission February 2021
Full business case submission June 2022
Construction start January 2023
Construction end May 2023

Supporting information

This active travel scheme follows the A61 from the town centre to Royston. Details of the route and proposed changes are outlined in the plan below.

Contact us

Should you require any further information regarding this transport scheme then please contact us by email: transportation@barnsley.gov.uk