PERMISSION has been granted to alter the design of Barnsley town centre’s landmark new bridge.

Market Bridge, which is being funded by both Barnsley Council and Network Rail at a cost of £5.6m, will take people from the new Market Gate car park over the railway line to the pedestrian area in front of the transport interchange’s main entrance.

Changes include increasing the bridge’s glass parapet height from 1.2m to 1.4m, a cable support structure to connect the bridge’s pylons and an elevated pylon base.

The original plan to use an inclined lift has been shelved due to budget constraints, and in its place will be a vertical version which will use two 26-person lifts capable of taking bicycles, wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters.