Roadworks are causing travel misery

Lane closures are causing traffic chaos around Doncaster.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2033LM
Lane closures are causing traffic chaos around Doncaster. Picture: Liz Mockler D2033LM
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A SERIES of town centre roadworks are causing gridlock with bus companies reporting delays of around half an hour.

The lane closures around Cleveland Street and Trafford Way, scheduled to last until the end of July, are already creating tailbacks with Travel South Yorkshire tweeting that buses were experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes along Balby Road on Tuesday.

The lanes are closed for gas main renewal work to take place.

Part of Trafford Way from the Cleveland Street roundabout to the railway station and bus interchange will be closed between 6am and 7pm until July 31.

A lane of the Balby flyover to the junction of St Sepulchre Gate West between will also be closed between the same times for four months.

Other closures include a lane between junction three of the M18 and White Rose Way between 9.30am and 5pm until the end of June.

There are currently 222 roadworks taking place across the borough, according to the council.

Mayor Peter Davies, who is opposed to the borough’s bus lanes, is looking into possible ways of minimising traffic disruption.

Peter Dale, the council’s director of regeneration and environment, said there was times when roadworks had to take place at the same time because of funding.

Mr Dale said the council would try to ensure to works were completed quickly and wherever possible carried out off-peak.

Doncaster Council will soon have tougher powers to co-ordinate roadworks and fine contractors.