Work has started on a £55M scheme to develop a major growth corridor in south Yorkshire.
The first £8.9M phase of work on Barnsley’s Dearne Valley A61/6195 Growth Corridor is being carried out by Lumsden and Carroll Civil Engineering, part of Esh Construction, to improve the corridor’s link to Junction 36 of the M1.
Sheffield City Region (SCR) has approved up to £15M in funding for the scheme from the government’s Local Growth Fund and a further £40M has been secured from the private sector. Works include a dedicated lane from the M1 slip road to prevent queues, cut local traffic jams and improve bus journey times and are designed to unlock access to the Dearne Valley development area.
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council economic regeneration service director David Shepherd said: “This is a scheme which has major significance. It’s not solely a traditional highways scheme to help ease congestion, this facilitates the wider economic regeneration and growth requirements for both Barnsley and the Sheffield City Region.
“Resolving the road infrastructure issues on the M1 J36 is critical to opening up the regeneration and growth of the whole Dearne corridor.
“Without the scheme, the economic regeneration of the area would halt – there would be insufficient capacity on the highway network.”
Sheffield City Region has put forward an area at Junction 36 as a potential logistics hub for the Heathrow Airport third runway expansion. If chosen it would be one of four UK sites to pre-assemble components before transporting them to Heathrow.