Fury over bridge work delays

Doncaster's St George's Bridge roadworks where little work appears to be taking place
Doncaster's St George's Bridge roadworks where little work appears to be taking place

Disgruntled motorists caught up in a 10-week bridge maintenance programme in the centre of Doncaster say they are frustrated at the lack of work being done.

Motorists navigating around the St George’s Bridge area have reported delays of up to two hours since lane closures came into affect at the end of last month.

And drivers say they are becoming increasingly fed up with the apparent lack of work taking place.

Ian Gitsham posted on Facebook: “Last two days not a workman in sight. Get a crew on it 24/7 until finished.”

Tracey Dean posted: “There was no sign of any workmen at 4.10pm – obviously finished for the day. Why can’t another shift come on and get the job done and work through the night?”

But Doncaster Council has spoken out to reassure motorists the majority of work currently taking place is underneath the bridge and may not be visible.

Gill Gillies, council assistant director of environment, said: “Much of the work currently taking place on St George’s Bridge is happening underneath the surface, with contractors using jets of super high-powered water to strip away areas of concrete.

“This has been under way for a couple of weeks and we will soon see more visible work starting on the surface of the bridge.”

Meanwhile, some businesses in Bentley have blamed the bridge maintenance for a drop in business over the last few weeks.

Margaret Jerrison, of The Salvation Army charity shop on High Street, Bentley, said: “Takings have been slightly down since the work started.

“I’ve struggled getting in to work too as the bus has been delayed.”

Kerry Benson, a sales assistant at Broughs of Bentley, said: “A lot of customers have been complaining about it and we have noticed it’s a lot quieter since the bridge works started.”

Two lanes on the bridge will be closed day and night while maintenance works are carried out on the bridge, with diversions in place for up to 10 weeks.

All traffic will come into the town centre from York Road along North Bridge, but vehicles heading out of town will be able to use the remaining lanes of the St George’s Bridge – see www.doncaster.gov.uk/stgeorgesbridge