Doncaster road concerns after lorry jack-knifes on slippy surface

Plans are being drawn up to deal with a busy Doncaster road which had to close for three days after a lorry jacknifed there on a 'slippy' surface.

Monday, 27th November 2017, 3:39 pm
Updated Monday, 27th November 2017, 3:43 pm
West End Lane, Rossington, where slippery road signs have been put in place

The section of road which runs between West End Road and Great Yorkshire Way was closed for three days earlier this month, with local residents reporting that a lorry had skidded on the surface and blocked the route.

It is also understood there had been a number of other incidents reported involving cars skidding on the surface.

Residents are now concerned in case there are any repeat incidents.

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Resident and Rossington Parish Councillor, Bill Reynolds, said he believed diggers were having to remove contamination from the land, and were having to dig deep, bringing oily substances up with the earth.

Work is currently being carried on land near to the road, both to develop a country park and to build new homes on land which was formerly part of Rossington Colliery.

He added: "We understand they tried to wash it off with water, and they shut down the road, although some people were ignoring it."

"A lot of people have said they skidded on the road, and then a lorry jack-knifed. People have damaged their cars."

Parish Council chairman Coun Ali Harper said: "It caused a lot of problems because people have got used to using that road. People have been complaining that they got to work late because of what happened, because they didn't know it was closed.

"There is concern that it could happen again if it is not sorted out, and we're coming up to winter now."

Signs have been put up warning motorists of the slippery surface.

A Doncaster Council spokesperson, said: “The West End Lane link we believe had become slippery due to deposits from adjacent development sites finding its way onto the road surface. On safety grounds we decided to close the road to carry out a deep cleanse of the carriageway and we are now working closely with the developers to put measures in place to prevent these materials getting onto the road in the future.”

A spokesman for Harworth Estates, which is developing the former pit site, said: “We’re aware of recently reported incidents and are supporting both the Police and Doncaster Council in making the public highway as safe as possible.

"We have very strict regulations governing the nature of vehicle movements from our development sites and these will continue to remain in place as we build out the development.”