MOTORISTS fear traffic jams for the next five months after plans for major roadworks were announced for one of Doncaster’s main gateways.
The second phase of the A630 Balby Road Improvement Scheme, between Larchfield Road and Greenfield Lane, is to start during the first week in July and is forecast to take about 20 weeks. The first phase was done in 2011.
It follows work on another gateway route - White Rose Way - which is ongoing.
The works will include surfacing to the carriageway, footpaths and central reserves, upgrades to traffic signals, new kerbs, edgings and lights, junction improvements, a number of bus priority measures at busy junctions and real-time information at bus stops.
It is intended to help ease congestion along one of Doncaster’s busiest routes, reducing journey times for local residents and commuters into the town centre. The project will also see essential road maintenance and pedestrian safety work take place.
But Andy Parnall, deputy chairman of the Doncaster Taxi Drivers’ Association, feared the scheme would cause major traffic delays on a road which carries traffic into Doncaster from the A1(M).
He said: “Balby Road is bad in the mornings as it is, and this is certainly not going to help.”
Mayor Peter Davies said he was a motorist as well as mayor and sympathised. But he added: “All these roadworks are going to add to improvements to the town and economy and help create jobs. In the long run they are for the good of everyone.”