Traffic lights to beat Mushroom roundabout jams

ONE of Rotherham’s busiest road junctions is to see traffic lights installed for the first time.

The Mushroom Roundabout in Dalton, was at the centre of a year-long project, aiming improve traffic flow, relieve congestion, reduce pollution and ensure pedestrians safety.

The work due to be completed by next Thursday, was jointly-funded by Rotherham Borough Council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

It will now mean a reduction of the congestion that regularly occurs at this busy junction and improve the reliability of bus journey times.

Pedestrian crossings have been constructed on all four approach/ exit arms of the roundabout, which is located between Fitzwilliam Road, Aldwarke Lane and Doncaster Road.

Additionally, the crossings can be used by cyclists and will link into purpose built shared footways/ cycleways around the roundabout

Cabinet member for town centres, economic growth and prosperity, Cllr Gerald Smith, said: “Motorists, bus operators and community groups have been seeking improvements at this junction for some time and it is hoped this scheme will meet these demands.

“The roundabout will now be a safer and cleaner corner of Rotherham, as well as making this route more convenient for thousands of motorists.

“I'd like to congratulate everyone involved from both Rotherham Borough Council, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and bus operators for their effective partnership working to deliver these improvements.”