City Region set to benefit from Barnsley road improvements
After successfully securing Sheffield City Region Investment Funding (SCRIF) to significantly improve the local road network next to Junction 36 of the M1 motorway, Barnsley Council is ready to commence with the works next week.
The improvements will see a major realignment of the road system, including the construction of two new roundabouts and traffic signals. There will also be a direct link from the motorway onto the local road network, which will reduce existing traffic congestion at the A61 Birdwell roundabout, improve bus services and cut down journey times.
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “The priority for the Sheffield City Region is to bring together the public and private sectors in order to make it even easier to do business here. Connectivity is key and the road improvements at Junction 36, which is one of SCR’s priority growth areas, will further support the building of a thriving, super-connected successful economy. This is just another great example of where funding is being used to release future jobs growth potential at Junction 36 which will benefit not only Barnsley residents but those throughout the City Region.”
One of the major benefits of this work will be improved access to Gateway 36 Business Park and Ashroyd Business Park which have been funded through the council’s Property Investment Fund (PIF) to stimulate new commercial property in the borough.
Universal Components are already taking advantage of this prime location and are relocating their workforce of 140, to a newly built 165,000 sq.ft warehouse facility with plans to create a further 100 jobs.
Chief Executive of Universal Components David Kernahan said: “Universal Components has grown significantly in the last ten years, exceeding the capacity of our existing premises in Sheffield and our brand new Barnsley distribution centre will allow us continued growth and investment in a new staff training and development centre.”
Esh Construction Ltd. will carry out the works, which will start on Tuesday 31 May, and take up to 16 months to complete.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “The improvements will have a huge impact on Barnsley and the Sheffield City Region; the economic benefits of the scheme will contribute to more and better jobs and help to attract new businesses to the borough.”