A new turning lane is finally set to open on the A429 Burford Road in Cirencester, seven months about work started.
The slip road at the junction of Cherrytree Lane, Burford Road and Stow Road has been built by Bathurst Development Limited (BDL) in accordance with the S106 agreement for The Steadings development.
This requires the developer to make a number of financial contributions to mitigate the effects of the 2,350 new homes on the existing community.
In conjunction with Gloucestershire County Council, this junction was chosen for one of BDL’s off-site contributions as congestion quickly builds up at the four way lights.
Work started in August and continued until the end of February despite being scheduled to finish last year. For most of this time the road has been closed eastbound, causing disruption to nearby businesses.
Talent Hire Group moved to offices off Burford Road just a month before the closure started.
Director Michael Ryland-Epton said: “We have multiple client visits, and the closure has had an impact.
“Our clients, travel from outside of the region, and the works have put several off from even coming to the office.
“One client travelled from London and had to cut our meeting short due to the length of time they sat in a traffic jam on Cherrytree Lane.
“For the first couple of months, all we ever saw was one or two workers on site. None of the actual work seemed to have started until December.”
“Roadworks absolutely need to be undertaken, but the county seems to be riddled with projects which are going over time.
“Why is nothing being done to ensure they finish on schedule?”
Although the road closure has now been removed, the turning lane is yet to open.
It is expected to be fully functional by the end of March
A newsletter produced by BDL’s community liaison team about a number of roadworks taking place in Cirencester stated: “We are very conscious of the disruption, the number of other roadworks taking place, and the time it is taking for us to fully complete our works.
“The delays are mainly out of our control and are due to a combination of supply issues, poor weather conditions and our reliance on additional works by the utility companies.”
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”