‘Night­mare that needed more thought’

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HERE’S what Face­book users had to say on the road clo­sure. Anna Pacheco, who works near the Silk Road, said: “It’s been a night­mare. It’s not so much just the Silk Road but clos­ing other routes at the same time. Per­haps the clo­sures should have been stag­gered or planned with a lit­tle more thought.”

Taxi driver Iain Mid­dle­brook said: “Yes peo­ple were made aware in ad­vance but still shouldn’t take nearly an hour to get from the foot­ball ground to Dog and Partridge in Bolling­ton. I can’t plan to leave ear­lier. I’m a taxi driver so have to go where book­ings are from and to.”

Rachel Car­ney said: “I’ve de­cided not to open my busi­ness over the pe­riod cov­ered by the road­works as I re­alised it would be such a headache. Run­ning cour­ses for peo­ple who can’t get to the venue.”

There were plenty of tales of long jour­neys.

Dave Robin­son said: “I un­der­stand there is the work there to be car­ried out, how­ever, hav­ing just spent an hour and forty min­utes on the Silk Road tak­ing my mother back to her nurs­ing home (from Tyther­ing­ton) I can’t help feel­ing there could have been a hell lot more thought given to the phas­ing of the work. To start work at the bot­tom of Bux­ton Road while the di­ver­sion nec­es­sary for the Silk Road elec­tri­cal work to be com­pleted is just sheer lu­nacy.”

Stephen Walker said: “Took me 50 min­utes to get from work, As­traZeneca to the Moss. Ab­so­lute joke.”

Tanya Bai­ley said: “What makes it worse is when you get sat navs di­rect­ing HGVs up some of the nar­row lanes caus­ing ob­struc­tions to traf­fic in both di­rec­tions or lorry driv­ers not know­ing the lo­cal roads and get­ting stuck.”

Alex Hall said: “Took my hus­band 40 mins to get from Tyther­ing­ton to train sta­tion (nor­mally 5 mins) and he missed train to Lon­don and had to buy an­other (more ex­pen­sive) ticket.” Hannah Daw­son said: “We got stuck on the round­about near big Tesco! Was an ab­so­lute JOKE, to­tal grid­lock.”

Jay Cor­bett said: “The point isn’t that the work needs to be done the point is that peo­ple are com­plain­ing. It’s bring­ing Macc to a stand­still.”

Oth­ers saw past the de­lays and saw the ben­e­fit. Marty Hill said: “Un­for­tu­nately this work has to be car­ried out at some point. At least some thought has gone into it and do­ing it dur­ing school hol­i­days when traf­fic is slightly re­duced. Peo­ple would be quick to moan if this work wasn’t done and it led to con­stant power sup­ply is­sues.”

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