'You just feel let down' - companies upset by Tollbar Island roadworks delay

'You just feel let down' - companies upset by Tollbar Island roadworks delay coventry

Staff are finding themselves stuck in constant traffic jams due to the £106million project.Bosses at firms affected by work at Coventry's Tollbar Island say more could be done to keep traffic flowing.

Work on the £106million project started in January last year and drivers have been experiencing long delays on all approaches ever since.And with the massive project expected to carry on until at least autumn next year, companies on the nearby Siskin Drive, whose can be stuck in traffic jams of over 30 minutes while trying to travel just 100 yards, claim the work is not being managed properly.

And last week's revelation that problems with the concrete used on the supports for the bridges, which could push the finish date back by weeks, has not helped.

Jonathan Douglas, managing director and chief engineer at JE Engineering, said: "When you see these things in great detail as you are stuck in the traffic it makes, you realise that they could be working in ways that could make the restrictions on traffic a lot shorter.

"There's a single lane running from Tollbar to Festival Island, which would be best just overnight, but they aren't working overnight at all.

"They may say about people living nearby complaining about the noise, but what about the drivers moaning about the traffic.

"At the top of Siskin Drive there's a load of coned off restrictions so they can work on the kerbs and drains, but there has been no-one working on that for around four months.We are told it's expensive to move all the concrete barriers now, but what about all the people's time that they are wasting sat in traffic? That's not being taken in to account."Now they are saying there's more repairs needed to the bridges which will affect traffic again.

"Shouldn't someone have possibly anticipated this and rearranged the traffic around the bridges?

"When work is necessary it should be all hands to the pump. But there doesn't seem to be a sense of urgency.

"Of course there are little reasons for these things, but you just feel let down."

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Paul Starkey, engineering director at nearby Coventry Chemicals, said delivery times have had to be changed and that the timings of traffic lights on the roundabout are making the problems worse.

He also took great exception to an international award handed to Galliford Try earlier this year for their "truly outstanding approach" to public consultation and community engagement during the roadworks.

He said: "We are suffering considerably and how they can get a good customer satisfaction rating is beyond me.

"I cannot understand why they cannot finish one section before starting something else as the traffic must flow otherwise the roundabout blocks. In any event the timings are all wrong, they should note that we have large lorries trying to get out that cannot accelerate fast."

The Telegraph has approached Highways England for a comment

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