Sheffield road reopening end to misery

Glossop Road before it reopened
Glossop Road before it reopened
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Misery for motorists ended at rush hour last night when one of Sheffield’s busiest roads reopened after several days of closure .

Dozens of staff from Yorkshire Water have been working on Glossop Road since a water main near The University of Sheffield students’ union burst on Sunday morning.

The main was repaired the same day, but gushing water had caused major damage to the road and a nearby footpath.

Around 300m of the road – a major artery in and out of the city – was resurfaced by teams before it reopened at 4pm yesterday.

A spokesman for Yorkshire Water said: “The burst water main was fixed on Sunday afternoon but the water had caused damage to around 300m of Glossop Road. The water had gone underneath the street to lift it up so it wasn’t safe for motorists to drive on.

“At the same time there was a neighbouring footpath which was also damaged on a stretch of around 300m.

“The flags had been brought up and there was a lot of debris.

“The main job has been to repair the road which has meant resurfacing around 300m of it and to repair the footpath.”

The closure has caused congestion chaos for commuters as well as visitors to and staff working at the Royal Hallamshire, Weston Park and Sheffield Children’s hospital sites nearby.

Some drivers said it had caused them major delays on the route home.

Mandy Wilkinson, a Star reader said on Facebook: “It meant my father-in-law law had trouble making it to his appointment at the hospital.”

The Yorkshire Water spokesman added: “We got the road open as fast as we possibly could, we really wanted to get it done by rush hour yesterday.

“We do apologise to any motorists who experienced this disruption. We realise it is a busy road, and we would like to thank them for their patience and support.”

Work will continue to repair the footpath for the remainder of this week.