Chesterfield traffic misery to continue

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MISERABLE commuters and business owners have spoken out over “nightmare” roadworks that are causing major gridlocks - and are set to continue.

Traffic chaos has hit Sheffield Road and Saltergate in Chesterfield town centre over the past few weeks, as a water main renewal programme led by Severn Trent Water brings rush-hour motorists to a standstill.

Motorists face delays throughout the day, and nearby businesses have suffered from loss of trade as customers bypass the busy route.

Lea Mather, owner of Morgan’s Hair and Beauty at the top of Sheffield Road, said: “It has been an absolute nightmare. Clients haven’t been turning up or have been late and we have had to cancel appointments because staff can’t get in. We have been losing money because customers can’t get here.”

And according to Severn Trent, who apologised for the inconvenience caused, the work is not due for completion until Friday, June 3, and on June 7, Derbyshire County Council will begin resurfacing the road.

Another business affected is Real Time Music on Newbold Road, and shop worker, Sam Whitaker said the congestion - which came shortly after work began on March 14 - has left shops empty.

“It has killed business,” he said. “You would think with a main road they would work at night to reduce congestion, but as far as I can see they start at nine in the morning and finish at 4.30.”

Jackson Building Centre on Newbold Road have struggled to carry out their own building work, with vans getting caught in the traffic.

Branch manager, Paul Sharman said: “We have seen a reduction in footfall and it has been particularly bad since they introduced the contraflow system about a week ago.”

David Hopton, chairman of the Hackney drivers association, said: “It just amazes me that this week we have got all the roads through town blocked. There are other road works on Picadilly Road and it forces everybody into the town centre.”

Resurfacing is due to start on June 7 on Sheffield Road and Holywell Street and is due to last for a week and a half.

A spokesperson for Severn Trent said: “Severn Trent Water would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

ellie.hunter@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.