Residents slam 'nightmare' roadworks in village which are set to last until 2023

By Lana Adkin

Residents in Radcliffe-on-Trent say that roadworks are a 'nightmare' and the traffic will be 'very difficult to predict'.

Work started on Monday, January 10 on the A52 by Gamston roundabout, as part of the Nottingham junctions improvement scheme on the busy road.

The work involves junction improvements and upgrades to an existing gas network.

The gas network upgrade, done by Cadent Gas, is expected to take 12 weeks, and during this time traffic management will be in place for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The main works to the junction will begin in April 2022 and will consist of four phases of improvements which will finish in February 2023.

Residents in Radcliffe-on-Trent told Nottinghamshire Live that it’s 'a nightmare’ for the area as there’s other roadworks in the area as well.

Julie Lester-Lee, 44, a dentist receptionist, said it is always difficult whenever she drives down the A52.

She said: “I’ve been down there and it’s a nightmare.

“I’ve been several times - it was such a long stream of traffic.

“There’s roadworks up there as well - you get caught either way.

“It’s a nightmare.

“Rush hour must be an absolute nightmare.

“I feel sorry for people that have got to get to work - it’s single lane traffic.”

A general view of the lane closure leading to the Radcliffe Road, A52 roundabout in Gamston, Nottingham. (Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Another resident Sue Wilkinson, 71, retired, says that it’s hard to predict how long you’re going to get through the road works.

“It’s very annoying,” she said.

“I think living here, alongside the A52 you get very used to issues.

“It’s particularly annoying when you’ve got six months of work at the top here.

“So you just get past one and then you're down to another.

“It doesn’t affect me and my husband too much - but I would think it’s infuriating if you’re at work and picking up kids from schools and nurseries.

“It is very hard to predict how quickly you’re going to get through - it’s very difficult to predict.”

A utility works sign pictured before the lane closure leading to the Radcliffe Road, A52 roundabout in Gamston, Nottingham (Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Laura Smith, 25, a transport planner, who usually drives near Gamston roundabout for work said:

“At the Gamston round last night to be fair it didn't take as long as I thought it was going to.

“As long as it doesn’t have too much of an effect on us I’m not too bothered - you’ve got to think of the long term goal.

“I understand that it is a bit of a nightmare.

“If they would have done it during lockdown it would have been better for people.

“If people are going back to work full time and not working from home then yes it is going to be a bit of a nightmare.

“You just don’t know, do you?”

National Highways project manager, Kanishka Varoon said: “We understand the concerns of residents and we will continue to monitor traffic flows at the junction to ensure we minimise disruption where possible.

“Together with Cadent Gas, we have proactively reviewed our planned works to upgrade and future-proof the gas network at Gamston and we will continue to work together throughout the junction improvement work to ensure all the residents are kept safe and warm.”

A temporary safety barrier will be installed and the speed limit on the road will be reduced to 40mph, to ensure our team are safe whilst carrying out their work.

There will be some lane closures, but traffic will be able to flow freely for the majority of the period of works. Some night-time closures will be needed on occasions when it is necessary to move the traffic management.

These will take place over a weekend and last for three nights, from 8pm until 6am the following morning. On each occasion, suitable diversion routes will be in place.

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