Traffic has started flowing again along Glossop Road in Sheffield for the first time in more than three months after repairs were finally completed at a cost of around £500,000.
The route was closed in October after a landslip next to King Edward VII School, where construction work was taking place. Reconstruction was supposed to have been finished by Christmas but was hampered by bad weather and unforeseen complications to divert a water main. However, the retaining wall was completed last week and the road reinstated over the weekend.
Prolonged closure of the road had led to complaints from traders, and extra congestion on Whitham Road.
Howard Fry, secretary of Broomhill Forum, said: “I’m delighted it’s finally back open. Primarily, disruption has been for traders on Glossop Road who have lost up to 30 per cent of their business. There has also been disruption for people visiting the Hallamshire Hospital with the main bus route diverted.”
Darren Kelsey, licensee at The Broomhill Tavern, said: “The closure has affected the area massively and the repairs have taken a long time. I want to know what compensation the council is prepared to offer for loss of trade.”
Coun Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, cabinet member for business, admitted: “Residents, businesses and motorists alike have all been inconvenienced.”
But the council said it would not comment on compensation until investigations into the cause of the collapse are complete - expected to be in a fortnight’s time.
The cost of repairs is expected to be around £500,000 - half the feared £1m bill forecast soon after the collapse.
Daniel Ladbury, in charge of the rebuilding for Sheffield Council, said: “We still need to reconstruct the section of wall above the road level, so the footpath nearest to the wall will stay closed. Doing the works this way has helped us to reopen the road to traffic as soon as possible.”