End of era as traffic changes brought in

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AN era ends on Monday as Waterdale is permanently closed as a major route through Doncaster town centre.

The route is being replaced as the main link between the Trafford Way dual carriageway and Hallgate, with College Road instead carrying traffic via a new specially constructed junction.

The work on College Road, which becomes a through-road for the first time since it was built in the 1960s, will be completed in time for the changeover, say bosses at Doncaster Council.

The opening of the new route also ties in with the completion of the new College Road-Trafford Way junction outside the Council House.

The closed section of the Waterdale carriageway will allow pedestrians and public transport to connect between the council’s Civic and Cultural Quarter and the the town centre. Motorists will be diverted to the new route which will have traffic lights as it meets Chequer Road.

Motorists will head up Chequer Road to the roundabout next to the Civic Theatre and former Girls’ School to continue their journey across the town centre. Alternatively, drivers can turn right and join Carr House Road.

Various junction improvements are taking place around Waterdale and certain junctions will be closed for short periods during these works.

Waterdale Underground Car Park, other car parks and businesses in the area will remain open during the works. There will be signs for any diversions.

Council director of regeneration Peter Dale said: “These road infrastructure changes and public realm improvements form an important part of the Civic and Cultural Quarter plans.

“The new route around the area opens up Waterdale encouraging people to walk freely between the various developments like the public square and new performance venue and the rest of the town centre. Creating a warm and welcoming feel will help regenerate the area.”