Kendray Street will be closed from September 2020 until Spring 2021 to allow important works to begin on The Glass Works site. The road closure will extend from the railway line onwards towards the town centre.
The Kendray Street closure will allow construction to begin on The Glass Works public square, an outdoor space which is set to be a key feature of the scheme. Also commencing from 7th September will be the diversion of the sewage system currently sitting under the Cineworld site, which will be re-positioned around its perimeter.
When arriving in Barnsley town centre using the interchange footbridge, pedestrians will be able to exit onto the walkway in front of the interchange. Pedestrians will then be redirected up Midland Street and around onto Eldon Street.
To accommodate the additional pedestrian traffic on Eldon Street and allow for social distancing, parking and loading bays will be repurposed to create a wider walkway on the side of the road closest to The Civic. The carriageway will also be narrowed slightly. The widening of the footpath will begin from 1st September 2020 and will be completed by Henry Boot Construction.
Once the new footpath is ready, Kendray Street will be closed off to both pedestrians and vehicles, and the sewer diversion works will commence. The two taxi rank spaces located at the top of Kendray Street will not be in use during the closure.
These works are essential to the progress of The Glass Works scheme and will facilitate the build of the long awaited brand-new public realm. The public square will provide a welcoming outside area for people to relax — complete with seating, water features and greenery, right in the heart of Barnsley.
The Glass Works wider scheme is on track for completion in 2021, a project that is already transforming Barnsley town centre. A 13-screen cinema complete with 4DX technology, a family-friendly Superbowl UK venue and a variety of shops and restaurants —including Nando’s — will all be included in the borough’s brand-new offer, creating a vibrant new heart and soul for Barnsley.