Delays expected for 12 weeks as roadworks start

The Junction of Pastures road and Doncaster Road, Mexborough
The Junction of Pastures road and Doncaster Road, Mexborough

Traffic chaos is expected on a major route in and out of Mexborough after a 12-week road improvement scheme started this week.

There could be long queues around the junction of Pastures Road and Doncaster Road during the work and it will be impossible for some residents to park outside their properties.

Roadworks began on Monday in Pastures Road, where traffic was reduced to one lane up to the junction with Doncaster Road.

Businesses and residents on the road will have to put up with queues of traffic, roadwork noise and for one week of work the road will be closed during the evenings and a diversion put in place.

The works are being done by Doncaster Council on behalf of Ben Bailey Homes in order to satisfy planning conditions for the housing development adjacent to Pastures Road.

Residents may not be able to park in front of their houses during our works and are advised to park in the car park opposite their houses.

Director of regeneration and environment Peter Dale said: “We would like to thank motorists in advance for their patience during these important road works.

“Unfortunately there will be some disruptions but we will endeavour to keep these to a minimum.”

Owner of the CLS MOT Diagnostic Centre in Pastures Road, Charlie Schofield, said his business would be inconvenienced by the works, but could not say if it would adversely affect profits.

He said: “You get a lot of Mexborough people working in Doncaster using Pastures Road, as it is a quicker route than going through Conisbrough.

“It will affect them in the morning, getting backwards and forwards to work.

“It will also affect people living in the houses on Pastures Road, who work nights because they will have all the noise of the works.

“We will not be able to do test drives as quickly as usual because of the queues, but I can’t say if it will affect our business as we may get more passing trade”.

The works will include raising the carriageway level at the Pastures/Don View junction to provide emergency access out of the development in times of flooding. Further works will provide an extra lane along with alterations to existing traffic islands at the junction.

A council spokesman said the works had been timed to take place during the school holidays to minimise disruption. Crews will be working seven days a week to get the job done as quickly as possible. There will be temporary traffic lights in place for the duration of the works, operating from 9am in the morning and removed at the end of each working day.