Drivers should ‘alter times to ease the North Bridge jams’

Cars stuck in traffic jams on North Bridge, Doncaster, June 29 2014, as road works start on the St George Bridge.
Cars stuck in traffic jams on North Bridge, Doncaster, June 29 2014, as road works start on the St George Bridge.
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Transport bosses are urging drivers to vary their travel times to avoid any repeat of rush hour travel chaos in Doncaster.

Motorists reported two-hour tailbacks to get across North Bridge had eased yesterday after diversions brought gridlock to traffic on Monday morning.

Diversions have been put in place as two lanes are closed on St George’s Bridge while repair work is carried out.

Gill Gillies, Doncaster Council assistant director of environment, said: “Congestion is starting to ease as motorists become used to the temporary one-way system, but we do continue to urge road users to think about varying their travel times and using alternative routes where they can.”

Business leaders said, despite the problems motorists had suffered, properly maintained roads and bridges were vital.

Dan Fell, deputy chief executive of Doncaster Chamber, said: “It is a priority for business that infrastructure – locally and nationally – is maintained and invested in.

“Regrettably, that maintenance often comes with the necessary evil of roadworks which can cause short-term disruption and frustrations for commuters and businesses alike.

“ The work on St George’s Bridge is evidently needed and will – in due course – benefit road users and local businesses.”

The work is due to take up to 10 weeks.

Readers had their own views on Facebook yesterday.

Steve Craft posted: “I bet a lot of folk have discovered their feet and the rail park and rides at Adwick and Bentley.”

Claire Bayes said: “I came out of town at lunchtime, hardly any traffic inbound.”

And Lisa Hayes posted: “I work in Rotherham, so going to work is fine as the bridge is fine going out of Doncaster, but I went through Sprotbrough last night and through Balby and the traffic that way was absolutely fine .”

Another motorist said his usual 10-minute journey, took 20 minutes yesterday – having taken 90 minutes on Monday.

Highways bosses also urged car drivers to be aware they are able to turn right onto Trafford Way when they come off North Bridge.

When the latest roadworks were announced, Peter Dale, council director of regeneration and environment, said: “This is the final phase of the vital maintenance work on St George’s Bridge and, once completed, will be beneficial to Doncaster’s road users.”