Disruption over road subsidence

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DONCASTER is facing more traffic misery - this time due to subsidence from mining.

Highways bosses have warned they will have to take action after it emerged the A60 has been hit by subsidence between Tickhill and Wadworth.

It is a stretch of road close to some of South Yorkshire’s best-known current and former collieries, including Maltby, Rossington, and Yorkshire Main at Edlington.

The condition it has been left in means roadworks will start at the site today - and more could follow.

Today’s works will be emergency work and are expected to be completed in the same day.

But more action is expected over the next year.

Temporary traffic lights were being put in place this morning, with the work expected to be started at 7.30am.

A Doncaster Council spokesman said: “Mining subsidence has severely affected the A60 Doncaster Road between Tickhill and Wadworth creating a very uneven road surface. Emergency work will be carried out to improve the surface condition.

“The Mining Advisory Service believes additional subsidence will continue until December and a temporary speed limit of 40mph will be imposed until the road stabilises and permanent repairs are completed.”

The works are the latest to hit the borough in a year which has already seen concerns raised about the number of roadworks being carried out.

Major works are ongoing on the A630 Balby Road, as part of a scheme aimed at speeding up traffic through Balby. Work has also been ongoing to resurface a section of Edlington Lane, between Edlington and Balby.

Motorists have complained of gridlock at peak times, and Yorkshire Ambulance Service has admitted the current traffic situation had caused its crews some difficulties.

But the Barnby Dun canal swing bridge, which has been closed, was expected to re-open this week.