Ground-breaking ceremony welcomes the start of major road improvements and future opportunities

Ground-breaking ceremony welcomes the start of major road improvements and future opportunities

The official ground breaking ceremony for the Major Road Infrastructure works scheme at Junction 36 took place today at the site compound.

Attendees included the  Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Linda Burgess, Cllr Roy Miller, Esh Construction’s Regional Managing Director Andy Gawthorpe and representatives from Highways England.

Funded by the Sheffield City Region Investment fund, the scheme will provide a significant contribution to Barnsley and the Sheffield City Region and support growth ambitions for the borough, supplemented by significant private sector investment which will unlock future housing and employment land.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “This is an exciting project, this isn’t just about roadworks; this is about creating investment opportunities for Barnsley. When the works are completed it will attract and facilitate more private sector commercial development and contribute nearly 273,000sq.metres of serviced employment land and generate over four and a half thousand jobs in the area. We are working hard to make sure that Barnsley’s infrastructure is capable of creating future jobs and encouraging business growth, by opening up employment sites and making them ready for development.   Working together for a brighter future, a better Barnsley is at the heart of everything we are doing.”

The works are not only set to deliver a major improvement to a road network that currently has severe congestion issues but will open the gateway to future opportunities and support plans to grow the local economy and stimulate the growth of more and better jobs and homes and improve the local economy.

Commenting on the groundbreaking ceremony, Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “These important works taking place at Junction 36 will help to make it even easier to do business in the Sheffield City Region. Increased connectivity remains key to our region’s objectives for growth and investment, and this scheme will go a long way towards progressing these aims even further. This successful partnership between the public and private sectors is so emblematic of the way we do business in the region and our straightforward way of just getting things done as a community. We at the LEP look forward to the completion of these works and the inevitable part that this new infrastructure will play in keeping the Sheffield City Region a truly competitive centre of business excellence.”

Andy Gawthorpe, regional managing director of Esh Construction, the company appointed to deliver the works said: “This will bring a huge benefit to the local community. Investment projects such as this throughout Yorkshire and the Humber are increasingly coming on stream which is hugely positive for the regional construction sector.”

The project is due for completion within a 78 week timeframe. Regular updates on the progress of the works will be shared via the Barnsley Council website, Facebook and Twitter.

Pictured are (l-r) Cllr Roy Miller, David Pratt, David Shepherd, Mayor of Barnsley Cllr Linda Burgess, Matthew Gladstone, Cllr Jim Andrews, Paul Castle and Cllr Robin Franklin.

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