Football supporters encouraged to use alternative walking routes to Oakwell for Barnsley’s game against Leeds United this weekend.
Additional road closures will be in effect - as well as the closure of Market Gate car park - on Sunday 15 September.
*THE CAR PARK AT BARNSLEY FOOTBALL CLUB WILL REMAIN OPEN*
Football supporters and town centre visitors are being reminded about changes to the Jumble Lane crossing for this Sunday’s home game between Barnsley and Leeds United – when additional road and car park closures will also be in place.
Jumble Lane crossing was closed earlier this year by Network Rail because of safety reasons. A temporary bridge was put in place to allow pedestrians to safely cross over the railway line.
For Barnsley’s home game against Leeds this Sunday (15 September, 12.30pm kick-off), Jumble Lane bridge will close at 11.30am and reopen at 4pm for the safety of fans and other users. Times are subject to change dependent on operational needs.
For Sunday’s game, fans are reminded of the alternative walking route to and from Oakwell:
There will be no access for supporters via the Alhambra Centre.
Leeds United fans will be directed from Barnsley Interchange along Schwäbisch Gmünd Way, along Pontefract Road and then Queen’s Road to and from Oakwell.
Leeds fans travelling by car should access the Queen’s Ground away car park via Harborough Hill and Queen’s Street rather than Pontefract Road and Grove Street.
Following the game, home supporters are asked to leave along Pontefract Road while away fans should go from Queen’s Ground.
Extra carriages will be added to trains for away fans travelling from Barnsley back to Leeds however, there may be delays in accessing trains and fans should expect to have to queue and consider the weather forecast.
All fans are reminded that:
- Barnsley Interchange bridge will be closed except for those with access needs.
- Access to and from the bus station side of the Interchange will be via Eldon Street.
- Access to the Interchange from Schwäbisch Gmünd Way will be for access to the railway station only.
- The existing temporary accessible route via Schwäbisch Gmünd Way and the transport interchange is available for those with access needs.
For this Sunday’s game, home fans usually travelling by train are encouraged to take alternative transport into the town centre - via car or bus - as the Interchange will be heavily congested with away supporters and delays in accessing the railway station should be anticipated.
If travelling by bus, fans are encouraged to exit the bus before arriving at the Interchange.
Supporters are also reminded that for this Sunday’s game:
- Market Gate Car park will be closed. Supporters are advised to use alternative town centre parking.
- Grove Street will be closed to vehicles from 9:30am. Limited access will only be granted for emergency vehicles and residents. No access will be given for drop-offs or pick-ups.
- Belgrave Road will be closed from 9:30am. Limited access will only be granted for emergency vehicles and residents. No access will be given for drop-offs or pick-ups.
- Associated side-streets around Oakwell will be affected by these closures.
In addition, a number of closures to roads and access points will be in place around the town.
- Part of Eldon Street North will be closed in both directions from 1.30pm between its junction with Schwabisch Gmund Way and the Interchange entrance with diversions via Old Mill Lane, Huddersfield Road, Church Street and Regent Street. The part closed will reopen as soon as operational needs allow.
- Part of Pontefract Road will be closed from 1.30pm. The part closed will reopen as soon as operational needs allow.
- Schwabisch Gmund Way will be closed from 1.30pm. The road will be re-open as soon as operational needs allow.
- Harborough Hill - Northbound off and Southbound off exit slip roads will be closed.
Bus services will also be diverted during this time: inbound via Harborough Hill Road, Old Mill Lane, Church Street and Regent Street, outbound via Eldon Street, Market Hill, St Mary’s Gate, Old Mill Lane, Sheffield Road.
Supporters are reminded to use the designated and installed crossing points on the roads for their own safety and the safety of other match-going fans. An additional crossing point will be in place on Pontefract Road for this Sunday’s game.
Wheelchair users or supporters with pushchairs are advised to use the pavement/footway on the Court House side of Eldon Street during peak times to avoid congestion.
Staff wearing hi-vis vests will be in place for the game this Sunday. Supporters are advised to speak to staff for directions to and from Oakwell.
Fans are also advised to pay attention to road signs when travelling to and from this Sunday’s game.
Market Gate Bridge will link the existing public transport and the Market Gate car park to The Glass Works as part of the redevelopment of Barnsley town centre. It will be fully accessible and will accommodate footfall on match days.
For more information on parking, click here.
Barnsley Council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.