Traders hit out at roadworks’ duration
Last updated at 13:47, Saturday, 11 February 2012
A GARAGE boss has criticised how long it is taking for nearby roadworks to be completed and says they have hit custom.
There has been restricted access on Long Lane and Mill Brow, Dalton, since January 16 to allow for resurfacing and work to build new kerbs and repair a footpath and crash barrier.
Cumbria Highways originally forecasted the work to be finished by Monday.
Steve Spedding, owner of Long Lane Garage, contacted the Evening Mail to claim the disruption time could have been reduced.
He said: “I fail to see people on there working and it just looks shut for no reason.
“The amount of customers we aren’t getting, it’s unbelievable.
“I bought 60 tonnes of salt as an add-on to business because of the bad weather, but I’ve still got 60 tonnes.
“I’ve sold practically none of it, because I’m not getting the passing trade.
“I’ve lost customers and I’ve spoken to people who have given up trying to get to me.
“I can give you names of people who have said ‘when are you open? I’ll come and see you then’.”
Mr Spedding said traffic tailbacks on Park Road had resulted in 30-minute journeys between Barrow and Dalton for him to deliver vehicles.
He said: “I can’t believe the lack of people that are coming in and, because one road is shut, what mayhem it’s caused.
“I wouldn’t mind if I went that way and saw people working.
“But taking into consideration I’m going five or six times a day, I never see a man.”
A spokeswoman for Wynsors World of Shoes in Long Lane, said takings were down by more than half for the same time last year.
She said: “Takings are right down. It’s been dead. We have a customer count every day so we can see who is coming and going.
“There’s a few people I’ve spoken to who have thought Long Lane was shut for the whole duration of the roadworks, because of a sign in Dalton.
“I drive past and I’ve never seen anybody working.”
A Cumbria County Council spokeswoman said: “These are essential resurfacing and footway reconstruction works we’re carrying out.
“As with any road improvement scheme, some disruption is inevitable, which we apologise for, but we are doing all we can to keep any inconvenience to a minimum.
“The work will bring long-term improvements to Long Lane and works are due to be completed next week.”
First published at 10:38, Saturday, 11 February 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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âThe work will bring long-term improvements to Long Lane..."
But it won't stop the idiots who bomb along it and cause accidents :(