Rush-hour misery as roadworks and shunt causes miles of Derby tailbacks
BY CHRIS MALLETT AND JOEY SEVERN
COMMUTERS suffered rush-hour misery with delays of up to an hour because of roadworks – coupled with an accident – on Derby’s inner ring road.
Bus journeys were delayed and drivers faced gridlock yesterday around the St Alkmund’s Way stretch of the road, where “essential” £1.2 million maintenance work – set to last until June – is being carried out.
And the problems were made worse by a three-car shunt, near Markeaton Island, at 7.45am. There were five-mile tailbacks going back to Duffield, on the A6, and Burnaston, on the A38.
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Drivers were again delayed in the early-evening rush-hour, as people returned home from work.
Derby Telegraph readers used our website to complain. David Brown, of Kirk Langley, said: “Two hours to get into work this morning. Months of joy, never mind the wasted diesel, pollution, lost time at work and stress caused by sitting in traffic.”
Another comment, from Centurion040, said: “At 9.15am, the queue was nearly back to Blenheim Parade. Madness.”
A spokesman for bus company Arriva apologised to customers for delays, which it said it had “no control over”.
He said: “We experienced problems to the 28 and 29 services, which run to Mackworth, yesterday morning.
“The roadworks on the ring road were compounded by further temporary lights towards Markeaton Island.”
Councillor Ranjit Banwait, city council cabinet member for neighbourhoods and Streetpride, has called a meeting of the authority’s highways chiefs this morning.
He has also invited a commuter who contacted the council to complain about delays, to ask for his views.
Mr Banwait said: “This part of our inner ring road is now more than 40 years old and is in need of improvements to ensure Derby remains connected.
“These are essential road works and we are working extremely hard to minimise delays. I would ask commuters to bear with us and to avoid travelling during peak hours wherever possible.”
A council spokeswoman said: “We are closely monitoring the signals at King Street to assess their impact on delays. If necessary, we will adjust the timing.”
Police said nobody was hurt in the morning collision.