BARNSLEY Council are giving residents the chance to name the new pedestrian bridge in the town centre.

Currently named Market Gate Bridge, the structure opened to the public in December and the lifts are now operational.

The council has confirmed there’s still a small amount of work left to be completed - after the temporary bridge was removed at the weekend - though this is thought to be cosmetic.

Residents are now being encouraged to name the new bridge themselves, with an online form available on the council’s website.

Coun Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “When Network Rail closed the Jumble Lane level crossing for safety reasons, we were given an opportunity to create something special in the heart of the town centre as part of the ongoing regeneration.

“I believe we’ve certainly done that.

“The ambitious design of the bridge complements the Glass Works brilliantly and adds to the continued development of our outstanding town centre.

“It was important that the new bridge was of as high a quality as the Glass Works.

“While it’s taken longer than we all would have liked to get here, it has been worth the wait.

“We’ve called it Market Gate Bridge for a while, but we wanted to take the chance to gather suggestions from our residents on a new name for the bridge now it’s complete.

“Similarly to the Glass Works, we’re looking for ideas which reflect the rich history of Barnsley.

“I’m sure we’ll receive some fantastic ideas and I look forward to seeing the suggestions our residents have.”

You can submit your suggestions here: