Angry motorists are fuming at changes to a key Sheffield road which they say are causing ‘traffic chaos’ and major tailbacks.
Roadworks on Penistone Road are being carried out to make changes to the layout near the site of the new Sainsbury’s being built off the road in Wadsley Bridge.
As part of the development of the new store – which will bring 250 jobs to the city – Sainsbury’s agreed to make changes to Penistone Road, including replacing the roundabout at the junction of Penistone Road, Leppings Lane and Herries Road with a traffic light-controlled crossroads, at Sheffield Council’s request.
But road users say the changes have already hit their commute.
Jessica Owen, aged 26, of Bickerton Road, Hillsborough, said: “Over recent weeks the traffic has been bad, however since the roundabout has gone and been replaced with traffic lights, the traffic is now bad 24/7. Even before 6am it is gridlocked and the same at night.
“This cannot be blamed on rush hour traffic – never has the traffic been so bad around us. It would now look the lights are going to be permanent, which means this chaotic standstill traffic is here to stay.”
Matt Fidler, 39, from Hillsborough, said: “I have to say Sheffield Council has surpassed itself with its incompetence with the changes to the road at the junction of Penistone Road, Leppings Lane and Herries Road. The roundabout wasn’t perfect but at least the traffic flowed – you have now ‘improved’ matters to bring traffic to a complete standstill. An outstanding achievement.”
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “This work has been taking place for some months now, and we’re now in the final stages of this work, preparing to install the new permanent traffic lights.
“We’ve been very grateful for the patience shown by commuters and neighbours during this time, and look forward to completing this phase of work in the next couple of weeks.”