New roadworks are a ‘nightmare’ on Annesley Road in Hucknall

NHUD 3-1-15 Hucknall,  Pictures of continuing roadworks on Annesley road, Hucknall
NHUD 3-1-15 Hucknall, Pictures of continuing roadworks on Annesley road, Hucknall

Traders on Annesley Road who have been hit by fresh roadworks say the disruption is a ‘complete nightmare.’

Temporary signals have been set up from the junction with Spring Street to the junction with Montague Road from Monday 26th January as National Grid carry out repairs on gas pipes.

And from last Monday the road was closed from its junction with Montague Road to its junction with Ogle Street. National Grid say the works will last until Tuesday 31st March.

Michael Copse, owner of Betta Bodies Gym, said: “It’s very difficult, the road is a complete mess. Last week there were lorries parked outside the gym. It’s just as bad as when the electricity was being done. We have about a dozen holes outside the gymn. They are down past the chip shop.

“Business has been affected. We have no parking bays that can be used outside because traffic has to get past one way. It is a complete nightmare with holes everywhere and rubble all over the place.”

Gary Bond, owner of Bond Autos, said: “It is one thing after another. First they resurfaced the road, then they carved a big gouge down it and to follow on they have closed it down and there are big holes on either side of our entrance. Everything like that affects business.

“We are reliant on people driving in and out. I think this is poor planning in some respects. It is frustrating. You would expect to be given proper notice but it just happens.”

Mr Copse warned that Hucknall businesses could suffer the same fate as Kirkby, which saw local trade affected by the pedestrianisation of the town centre.

Some traders, further down Annesley Road, have yet to be affected.

Mike Coultas, of Hucknall Home Improvement Centre, said: “Unlike the last time when there was wholesale digging up of the road the disruption has not been bad - so far. It is inconvenient - but it’s not as tragic as last year’s debacle. But at the moment they are not down as far as us. We have spoken to the workmen and they told us the work outside our shop should only take a couple of days.”

The work is being undertaken by contactors Triio. A spokesman said: “Since we started the project last week, work has been progressing well and is currently on target. This work is essential to ensure safe and reliable gas supplies for local homes and businesses for decades to come. To keep everyone safe we have to have traffic management measures in place. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. We are trying to keep disruption to a minimum and complete this work as soon as possible.

“Businesses affected by our work may be eligible for compensation. We have been providing details about this to local businesses but if anyone has not yet received an information pack they can contact National Grid customer services on 0800 096 5678.”