Traffic mayhem as Alfreton Road closure causes yet more problems

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The company responsible for carrying out roadworks which a leading bus firm says are causing chaos has argued it had no option but to start them as early as possible.

Traffic mayhem continued in Derby today as drivers were stuck in delays due to the closure of Alfreton Road.

The road is closed until Sunday, February 18.

Severn Trent has said it needs to close the road between Old Chester Road and the roundabout leading to Croft Lane for seven days to carry out essential maintenance on one of Derby’s oldest pipes.

Roadworks on Alfreton Road is causing havoc on Derby's roads

Roadworks on Alfreton Road is causing havoc on Derby's roads

On Monday the Derby Telegraph reported how bus company Trent Barton tweeted how the roadworks was causing gridlock ‘chaos’ in the city with the firm telling its stranded passengers to bear with them.

Readers are asking why Severn Trent could not carry out the works during next week’s half term period when the roads may have been quieter.

A Seven Trent spokesperson said: "This is absolutely vital work on one of the biggest pipes in our network.

“If we don’t do the work as a matter of urgency there is a chance, however small, that the leak could get worse and that could leave thousands of our customers without water.

“We absolutely understand people’s frustrations, and we’re doing everything we can to get the work finished as quickly as possible, but, on this occasion, we had no option but to start the work as soon as we worked out the best way to do it.”

Alfreton Road is closed until Sunday, February 18

Alfreton Road is closed until Sunday, February 18

Hayley Charlesworth said: “It took 1.5 hours to drop my child at nursery and get to work. Normally takes 20-30 mins... Ridiculous! Why couldn't this have been planned for half term at least.”

And Lee Roach added: “Why couldn’t they have done it next week when the schools are on holiday, the traffic is always less when the schools are on holiday.”

Problems continued on the roads during today's rush-hour period. Highways England said drivers were experiencing 50-minute delays on the A38 southbound.

There was also heavy traffic congestion travelling through Breadsall at the Croft Lane roundabout.

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