Temporary bridge will become operational on Sunday 31 March.
Barnsley Council have informed us that Jumble Lane crossing will close this Sunday (31 March) meaning the temporary bridge over the crossing will become operational.
The bridge will be in place for approximately 18 months until the new Market Gate Bridge is installed, which will provide a new accessible gateway into the town centre.
Even though the crossing will close – it will be temporarily reopened at key times on Barnsley Football Club home matchdays to allow fans to walk up to Oakwell via Jumble Lane. These arrangements will be in place until the end of the current season. Alternative arrangements will be put in place in time for the start of the new season.
While the crossing is closed, fencing will be placed across it to prevent access.
Once the level crossing has closed, any person unable to use the bridge will need to use the alternative accessible route via the lifts and pedestrian bridge within Barnsley Interchange.
The Interchange doors are closed between midnight and 5am – so anyone requiring access to the lifts during these times will be able to contact the Interchange control room on 01226 213303 to allow staff from the building to meet and escort them through the Interchange building. Signage displaying contact details for the Interchange control room will be added near the temporary bridge.
The alternative walking route is via Midland Street, Eldon Street and Schwabisch Gmund Way.
The new Market Gate Bridge- to be part funded by Network Rail - is at the detailed design stage and will be going out to procurement for a main contractor in late spring.
Once the contractor is appointed, confirmation will be given on the duration of the construction programme and the opening date for the bridge which will be fully accessible with lifts at either end of the bridge deck.
Market Gate Bridge will link the existing public transport and parking provision to The Glass Works – the redevelopment of Barnsley town centre. It will be fully accessible and will accommodate footfall on matchdays.