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Woe as Sheffield road dug up

Ken Norton,, landlord of the Riverside pub in Hillsborough,  is losing business as the Walkley Lane as the bridge is undergoing maintenance and is closed both to road users and pedestrians.

Ken Norton,, landlord of the Riverside pub in Hillsborough, is losing business as the Walkley Lane as the bridge is undergoing maintenance and is closed both to road users and pedestrians.

  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

Roads that were resurfaced just weeks ago are being dug up once again so a Sheffield bridge can be strengthened.

Walkley Lane in Hillsborough is now inaccessible as work to strengthen and restore the cast-iron bridge over the River Loxley takes place until September.

The road is being dug up for the work, despite the fact it was relaid only in May as part of the Streets Ahead highways project.

Tracey Everett, who runs The Riverside pub on Walkley Lane with her partner Ken Norton, said the work was also blocking customers’ access.

She said: “Is this not just wasting taxpayers’ money because of what has already been spent on resurfacing the road?

“When they said they were going to do work on the bridge we asked them to keep the road open because we have had to put up with it twice. This time the work is going to last for months.

“There is a gennel people can use but all sorts has happened down there and they don’t want to use it. The other day I had to go a mile out of my way to get somewhere.

“Customers aren’t going to come at night if they have to do that.”

The council said inspections carried out during the resurfacing found the bridge needed restoration and strengthening.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for Streetscene, said: “It was not possible for this restoration to be carried out at the same time as resurfacing - and there is no extra cost to the taxpayer.

“We did inform all businesses and affected residents in the area before works started and discussed access options with them.

“We are putting signs out to make it clear the pub is open.

“I am sorry for any inconvenience that may be caused but these are essential works to ensure no further strengthening works will be required to the bridge for many years to come.”

Substantial parts of the bridge, which dates back to the 20th century, have to be replaced as part of the works.

 

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