THE new foot and cycle bridge at Penny Pie Park officially opened last Monday - less than a year after the work initially began.

An opening ceremony took place with representatives from the council, the contractor, Network Rail, St Mary’s Primary School and Horizon.

Construction on-site began in November and the completion of the project complements and enhances the delivery of the A628 Dodworth Road and Broadway Junction Improvement scheme.

The bridge will improve connectivity between Dodworth and Pogmoor, which were previously separated by the Sheffield - Huddersfield railway line, as well as providing a safe crossing point for pedestrians, particularly the students of Horizon Community College.

Coun Sir Stephen Houghton, leader of Barnsley Council, said: “We’re thrilled to see the new foot and cycle bridge open in Penny Pie Park, which we hope will benefit the local community immensely.

“This is our latest investment into supporting active travel by providing a safe route for people to either walk or cycle on.

“Adding to the new, improved park facilities which opened last year, Penny Pie Park is now an excellent outdoor space for our residents to enjoy.

“I’d like to thank residents in the area for their patience and understanding throughout the construction process and the contractor, CR Reynolds, who have helped us to deliver this project with funding from the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.”