Annesley roadworks ‘nightmare’ set to come to an end

NASC 13-3-15 Traffic, Heavy traffic on Derby road, Annesley Woodhouse
NASC 13-3-15 Traffic, Heavy traffic on Derby road, Annesley Woodhouse

Residents and commuters say roadworks in Annesley are a ‘nightmare’ and are doubling journey times.

Western Power started the roadworks in February on the 100m stretch of the A611 Derby Road to lay electricity cables.

The roadworks have been an absolute nightmare. People were blocking off the road and driving dangerously which was a concern because of the nearby Annesley Primary School.

But the temporary traffic lights have caused chaos and major tailbacks for commuters and residents.

The electricity distribution centre said roadworks would be completed by 23rd March - and are set to be completed on Monday.

The company also confirmed they had 100m of cables stolen from the site.

The spokesman for the company said the theft has not delayed work.

Resident Mick Bramley - who lives on Derby Road - said: “The roadworks have been an absolute nightmare.

“People were blocking off the road and driving dangerously which was a concern because of the nearby Annesley Primary School - which both my grandchildren go to.

“That is a real worry for me and many others with children.

“It just seems as thought no-one else considers anybody else.”

He had used the back roads to get to his house - but still regularly been caught up in the traffic chaos.

“I am just glad it is finally coming to an end and it will got back to normal,” he added.

Many disgruntled residents and commuters have taken to social media to vent their anger at the ongoing congestion.

Terri Spate wrote she was having problems every day.

“Its awful. At peak times you can be prepared to sit and wait 30 minutes sometimes. And according to the sign they should be nearly finished and it certainly doesn’t look like they are.”

There will be several days of work planned for the start of April.