A57 work to start in August

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WORK is expected to start next month on the improvements to the A57 at Todwick.

Ringway, a highway construction provider, has won the contract to carry out the £14million work.

It follows the announcement by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker that he had given his final approvement to the scheme.

The plans will see the A57 transformed into a dual carriageway from junction 31 of the M1 to the Todwick Crossroads, which will be replaced by a roundabout and a new 50 mph speed limit introduced. Drivers will no longer be able to turn right into Goosecarr Lane.

Kevin Graham, divisional director of Ringway, said: “Our successful bid for the A57 contract is fantastic news and comes after many years of working within effective partnerships with Rotherham.”

“It will give us the opportunity to use our local workforce and knowledge to really improve this vital part of the South Yorkshire road network.”

The work is expected to begin on site in August this year, with the new road set to be open by December next year.

Rotherham Council were told in March that the statutory orders needed to build the improvements on the one mile stretch of road had been granted following a public inquiry last October.

They then applied to the Department of Transport for their £11.8 million contribution to the scheme cost. It is believed an improved road will bring increased investment into the area, unlocking the economic growth potential in Dinnington.

Rotherham Council described the work as ‘long-awaited,’ while the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce said it should give a real boost to the area by improving journeys for motorists.