Road delays in Wakefield to continue

Traffic congestion around QEGS where work is being done on the North Wakefield Gateway
Traffic congestion around QEGS where work is being done on the North Wakefield Gateway
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ROADWORKS will continue to cause disruption across the city into the new year.

Motorists approaching the city centre on Leeds Road will face delays when major work on the North Wakefield Gateway starts on Tuesday.

Temporary lights will be in place between Blenheim Road and Westfield Road until Sunday, January 8.

Coun Denise Jeffery, the council’s deputy leader with responsibility for regeneration, said: “We are sorry for the disruption on what is a busy route into the city centre.

“We have delayed the work as long as we can to avoid disruption over Christmas but we now have to get on with it as part of the wider North Wakefield Gateway which will bring big road improvements and continue our regeneration of the city.”

Sewerage work on Lime Pit Lane, Stanley, has also been delayed by six weeks, so temporary lights will be back in place on Aberford Road from Tuesday.

Lime Pit Lane is fully closed. Stanley councillor Simon Wilson said signs should have been put up earlier announcing the delays.

He said: “This work has been going on for months and the contractors must have known a while ago that it would not be finished on time. It is a bit late for them to be saying this now.”

A council spokeswoman said: “Businesses and residents have been informed of the delay. Unfortunately the location and depth of the pipe work dictate that a full road closure is necessary.”

The North Wakefield Gateway works will also affect Marsh Way and Castrop Rauxell Square.

For full details, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk