Sheffield & South Yorkshire

A57 Todwick dual carriageway improvements to begin

The A57 at Todwick
Image caption A one mile stretch of the A57 at Todwick will be made into dual carriageway

Work is to start on a new dual carriageway on the A57 in South Yorkshire, the Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed.

The one mile (1.6km) road will run from Junction 31 of the M1 to the B6463 junction at Todwick near Rotherham.

Norman Baker, local transport minister, said the £14m scheme would improve journeys for motorists, pedestrians and bus passengers.

The new dual carriageway is expected to open in December 2013.

The road, which runs from the M1 junction to Todwick crossroads, is said to be one of South Yorkshire's most notorious accident blackspots.

In the five years between 2006 and 2011 there was one fatality, seven serious accidents and 30 other accidents on the road.

Andrew Deniff, of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said the dual carriageway would relieve a major traffic hotspot.

"It will also give real boost for the local area by improving journeys for all motorists and creating much better access to and from the industrial and business parks at Dinnington and Kiveton Park," he added.

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