Motorists and commuters are being warned they face weeks of chaos due to roadworks in Doncaster.
The Highways Agency will begin work to install traffic signals and decrease congestion on the Warmsworth roundabout on Junction 36 of the A1 on Monday – work which is expected to last for eight weeks and will lead to lane and road closures.
Andy Pownall, Doncaster Taxi Drivers’ Association chairman, warned the works will have a knock-on effect on traffic in the town centre and beyond.
He said: “This is bound to cause havoc in Warmsworth, but also in town when everyone decides to travel through the centre instead.
In a bid to reduce the level of disruption and congestion during rush-hour, the roadworks will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm, continuing overnight between 8pm and 6am.
Mr Pownall said: “They might not be doing the works during peak times but people on the school run are going to get caught in it, which affects traffic everywhere.”
Bus users will be affected – and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has warned of delays.
A SYPTE spokesman said: “While we will not be altering the routes in the Warmsworth area, passengers travelling in the area should expect delays during the eight weeks.
“The routes that will be affected are the X78, 15, 220, 221 and 222. People can keep up to date with the delays by checking www.travelsouthyorks.co.uk our twitter feed – @TravelSYorks.”
The work carried out will take place on the roundabout, and all of its approaches on to the High Road, and will also see new high-friction surfacing installed as well as dropped kerbs, road markings, road lining, street lighting cables and safety barriers.
Simon Dishman, of the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, said delays were ‘inevitable’.
He said: “While roadworks are not usually popular with local residents and businesses, due to the likelihood of causing traffic disruption in the short-term, they are essential to the long-term maintenance of the road network.
“Although in the short-term, as a result of these roadworks, delays are inevitable. Local businesses in the long-term will feel the economic benefits of this due to reduced congestion and fewer delays.”
The Holiday Inn, Doncaster, is positioned off Junction 36, where the work is due to take place.
Nigel Dibb, hotel general manager, said the roadworks were a ‘cause for concern’.
He said: “We recognise the urgent need for the roadworks to be done in order to minimise the number of accidents that have occurred on that stretch of road.
“We only received confirmation of the intended roadworks yesterday and are currently speaking to the contractors to review the work schedule to allow us to put plans in place to ensure minimal disruption to our guests and team, who we will be fully communicating with as more details are confirmed.”