River Dearne Long Route scheme

Project overview

Along with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and their partners, we're proposing some walking and cycling improvements. This is part of the River Dearne Long Route (RDLR) scheme. The project is part of the SYMCA’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement.

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


The scheme will carry out the following measures:

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

The scheme may also deliver the following measures but this is 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.

Contact us

For more details regarding this transport scheme, please contact us. You can do so by emailing transportation@barnsley.gov.uk