THERE has been major delays on the M1 near Barnsley this week due to ‘urgent’ safety repairs.

One northbound lane between junction 36a at Penistone and 37 at Dodworth was closed up until Wednesday, with delays of around 30 minutes and six miles of congestion recorded.

It was due to the repair of a safety barrier following a collision in October.

A spokesperson for National Highways said: “A section of the central reservation safety barrier between the two junctions was badly damaged in an RTC involving a lorry in October.

“National Highways had hoped to start and finish the work at the weekend but has been delayed by the stormy weather and the repairs will now need to continue this week.”