River Dearne Long Route scheme

Project overview

Barnsley Council, the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and their partners are proposing a series of walking and cycling improvements.  This is part of the River Dearne Long Route (RDLR) scheme. The project is part of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement.

The RDLR will improve active travel infrastructure within the Dearne Valley Country Park between Harborough Hill Rd, Pontefract Rd. and Grange Lane. The scheme will contribute to the growing network of active travel routes throughout Barnsley.  It'll offer connection to the soon to be delivered A61 and A635 active travel schemes.


The scheme will deliver the following measures:

  • Upgraded entrance from the Harborough Hill Road gyratory into the park
  • 4-metre wide sealed shared use paths throughout the park.  Between Harborough Hill Rd, Pontefract Rd and Grange Lane (3-3.5 metre by the canal)
  • 2 upgraded entrances on Pontefract Road (A628) to the parks west and east sections
  • Upgraded entrance into the park from Grange Lane

The scheme may also deliver the following measures, subject to further details:

  • Upgrades to bridges within the park to house the new 4 metre wide shared path

Projected timeline

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

Activity Date
Outline business case submission April 2021
Full business case submission December 2022
Construction start Autumn 2023
Construction end Spring 2024

Supporting details

Details of the route and proposed changes are outlined in the plan below.


This will run for three weeks from Tuesday 27 September to Tuesday 18 October 2022.

We're holding drop-in sessions in the Central Ward and Monk Bretton Ward. These sessions give you the chance to view our plans and provide in-person feedback.

You can let us know your thoughts by filling in our River Deane long route survey. Or by speaking to us at one of our events below.

Date Venue Time
Monday 3 October Oakwell Stadium, Grove Street, Barnsley, S71 1ET 1.30pm to 6.30pm
Tuesday 11 October Priory Campus, Pontefract Road, Lundwood, Barnsley, S71 5PN 1.30pm to 6.30pm

Contact us

For any further details regarding this transport scheme, please contact us by emailing transportation@barnsley.gov.uk