PLANS for a pedestrian footbridge spanning a railway line and a new one-way road system have taken a step closer after councillors awarded a contract for its creation.

Having already been approved by Barnsley Council’s planning board, the contract for the structure’s erection at Penny Pie Park, off Pogmoor Road, was signed off by ruling cabinet members on Wednesday.

It will connect the park - which is closed to the public while the new road is created - with Pogmoor Recreation Ground.

According to a report, the bridge will be paid for by a £1.5m grant via the Sheffield City Region, while the local authority will also earmark a contingency of £120,000.