THE official opening and naming of phases two and three of the Coalfields Link Road - the Shafton bypass has taken place.

The ceremony was performed by Barnsley Mayor Coun William Newman with Shafton schoolboy Christopher Gaddes whose suggestion "Collier Road" in memory of his father and fellow miners, was selected from 40 entries in a competition to name the bypass.

The new 6.3m bypass will remove heavy volumes of traffic from the A628 Barnsley to Pontefract Road onto a bypass of Shafton village, to create a safer environment for residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

Work began on the bypass in May 2002 as part of the Coalfields Link Road phases 2 and 3 project. The CLR is Government funded and part of a transport strategy to promote economic regeneration, environmental improvements, public transport and strategic access.

Cabinet spokesman (Environmental services) Councillor Margaret Morgan said: "I'm proud to be associated with the Shafton bypass which is going to make life better for everybody. It will mean less delay for drivers, a safer quieter environment for Shafton residents and will help bring new industry with jobs for the community.

"I would like to congratulate and say thank you to all who have contributed to this successful project, the engineers, transport planners and contractors who have a prominent frontline role and many others who have provided administration, financial and legal support in both council and government offices."