A635 Stairfoot and Cundy Cross improvement scheme

Project overview

The A635 Doncaster Road quality bus corridor is a bus rapid transit (BRT) scheme which proposes to enlarge and reconfigure Stairfoot Roundabout and several of its entry and exit lanes. The scheme aims to support regeneration by relieving current and forecasted congestion along the A635 Doncaster Road corridor. It also aims to improve bus journey time reliability. The scheme will improve pedestrian and cycling facilities to encourage more people to get out and travel active.

The project is part of the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) supported by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and central government.

Currently this scheme is in the development stage and the proposals may change in due course as we progress through the design stages.


This scheme proposes to:

  • Straighten the approach to the roundabout from Wombwell Lane/Bleachcroft Way.
  • Replace the bus lane on Doncaster Road which enters the roundabout with an extra all vehicle lane.
  • Increase the Grange Lane entry onto the roundabout from two lanes to three.
  • Increase the Grange Lane exit off of the roundabout from one lane to two.
  • Replace the bus lane on Bleachcroft Way with an all vehicle lane and a bus layby.
  • Add an extra lane to the south-east section of the roundabout.
  • Widened the pavement to a minimum of three meters and converted to shared use (foot and cycle).
  • Improve the Trans Pennine Trail, which includes replacing the bridge over Grange Lane.

Projected timeline

Item Provisional date
Submission of planning application June 2024
Submission of full business case (final funding approval) TBC
Potential construction start February 2025
Potential construction end February 2027

Plans and benefits

Please use the following links to view the schemes plans and benefits:


You can have your say in our online consultation which will run for three weeks from Monday 15 January to Sunday 4 February 2024. Complete our online survey.

Within this period, you can give feedback to these proposals in several ways. We're holding several drop-in consultation sessions to give you the chance to view our plans and give in-person feedback.

This consultation is part of the general scheme community engagement requirements. It doesn't substitute for any planning related consultation that will still occur when an application is submitted. Everyone will still have the chance to comment formally on the scheme at the planning application stage.

Drop-in events

Date Venue Time
18 January 2024 Ebenezer Wesleyan Reform Church, 31 Hunningley Close, Barnsley S70 3DP 1pm to 7pm
20 January 2024 Library @ the Lightbox, 1 The Glass Works, Barnsley S70 1GW 10am to 2pm
23 January 2024 Ebenezer Wesleyan Reform Church, 31 Hunningley Cl, Barnsley S70 3DP 1pm to 7pm

Frequently asked questions

Why do we need a larger roundabout?

Widening this roundabout will improve its overall capacity. This means it will reduce the time it takes during peak hours to travel through it. Reducing congestion across Barnsley's major travel corridors is vital to continued economic growth. Without intervention the current issue will continue to worsen.

Will there be any impact on flooding?

Detailed drainage modelling work has been undertaken. The design of the BRT is such that surface water will be stored in drainage pipes under the swales at the side of the road and released in a controlled manner into the River Dearne. Working with landowners, we have a drainage solution that reduces the likelihood of flooding.

Where can I view the planning application for the BRT?

We aim to submit the planning application in April 2024. You'll be able to view the planning application on our planning explorer. Notifications will be posted on lamp posts around the site at that time.

How is the scheme being funded?

The scheme has been funded through the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authorities allocation of the city region sustainable transport settlement.

Will we use compulsory purchase orders to acquire the land?

Whilst we don’t foresee the need to use CPO powers, we could pursue this if needed. We're currently negotiating with landowners for a mutual resolution.

How will this affect wildlife and trees?

Despite this area already being largely urbanised with very little green space we've undertaken a number of ecological surveys and have mitigation measures in place. We also have a comprehensive tree planting and landscape scheme. This includes a 10:1 replacement of any trees that are affected, as well a commitment to a biological net gain.

Contact us

For any further details regarding this transport scheme, or to provide feedback, please contact us. You can do so by emailing stairfootbrt@barnsley.gov.uk.