Drivers face traffic chaos

NDET 10-7-12 RKH 3 Traffic Chaos Chesterfield
NDET 10-7-12 RKH 3 Traffic Chaos Chesterfield

Roadworks have been causing traffic chaos for motorists across Chesterfield.

Drivers are bracing themselves for yet more misery as a 12-week project began on the A61 on Monday – while Severn Trent announced its major town centre renewal project will take a further five to six weeks.

The £125,000 scheme, to create a new cycle lane between Tesco and Whittington Moor roundabout on the A61, is adding to problems already facing commuters and taxi drivers who have been queuing around the Donut roundabout and train station since May.

The water mains improvement, costing £2m, on Holywell Street and St Mary’s Gate, has been extended and this week Spa Lane was closed with traffic diverted around the Pomegranate.

A spokeswoman for Severn Trent said the work would see the water supply improved across the town.

She added: “It’s a major improvement project and a big investment.”

Debbie McCann, of Central Cars on Corporation Street, said: “They closed Corporation Street which meant our customers had to go round the back of our offices which has been quite slippery and difficult to get to.”

She added: “The work has also made customers’ journeys longer which is costing them more money.”

Diversions have been in place via Durrant Road on to A61 bypass.

Chester Street has also been closed since the beginning of May for drain repairs, with diverted traffic travelling down Ashgate Road.

The work is set to be completed by July 27.

Derbyshire Times Facebook friend Dylan Evans said: “Why don’t they do one at a time instead of bringing the town to a standstill?”

Robert Tulip added: “I just can’t believe the council allowed this upheaval whilst the Olympic Torch was coming to town.”

Work on the A61 will see a 370-metre cycle lane created.

A new section of pavement will be built between Queen Street North and Duke Street and the existing pavement will be widened.

Cllr Simon Spencer, deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We hope motorists will bear with us while this work takes place and apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused.”