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Anger at six-week wait to shift tree toppled by storms

Angry motorist and Stocksbridge Councillor Jack Clarkson with fallen tree which is blocking traffic in Langsett Road North. Sheffield Council has taken six weeks to clear it.

Angry motorist and Stocksbridge Councillor Jack Clarkson with fallen tree which is blocking traffic in Langsett Road North. Sheffield Council has taken six weeks to clear it.

A fallen tree has caused six weeks of tailbacks on a busy Sheffield road – and the council say it will take a further three weeks to clear.

Traffic has been reduced to one-way after high winds uprooted a beech on embankment at Langsett Road North, near Manchester Road, at Wharncliffe Side.

The fallen tree has been chopped into chunks, fenced off and left at the roadside awaiting removal.

Sheffield Council said the closure has remained in place for safety reasons and it will take until the end of the month for work to reopen the road to be completed.

Meanwhile, motorists are being hit by delays to their daily journeys.

Stocksbridge Town Councillor Jack Clarkson said: “For nearly two months now, traffic lights have been controlling this obstruction which is on a main arterial major road.

“In the morning rush-hour traffic travelling into the city is backing up and vice versa in an evening.

“It would be quite a simple task to have placed some fencing to protect the road at this location, yet we are still no further on.

“Again it looks like a case of Sheffield City Council ignoring or slow timing the residents of the Upper Don.

“Just what is the council playing at? This is a major road that provides a vital links to our communities, especially in emergencies.

“This is a total disgrace, it should have been sorted by now. The council need a rocket up their backsides.”

Motorist Gordon Lowe, of Old Mill Lane, Thurgoland, said: “It appears the trunk and some branches are just waiting to be removed prior to the road being able to be reopened, but this has been the situation for a number of weeks and nothing has changed.

“This is a ridiculous situation that needs to be resolved.”

The council said it needed to carry out detailed safety surveys before allowing vehicles to use the lane again.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, recycling and streetscene said: “The safety of the public is paramount and we need to do all we can to ensure that the area is safe for all road users.

“We understand that the one-way traffic control on Langsett Road North has caused some disruption and inconvenience to commuters, but this has been necessary to ensure the safety of the public and to enable our specialist teams to conduct their surveys and to establish how the embankment can be stabilised.”

 

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