Otley roadworks for Tour de France lead to traffic disruption

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Peter Heald Peter Heald

The first Tour de France-related roadworks in Otley have been criticised by businesses and councillors for causing unnecessary disruption.

There has been congestion and large tailbacks in the centre of the town, some stretching from Manor Square back to Otley Bridge, since the work on the A659 began on Monday, February 24.

Leeds City Council had given advance notice of the Tour de France-linked package of resurfacing work, which began on Piper Lane and Westgate this week.

But Peter Heald from Otley Town Partnership, who runs Lunds of Otley on Westgate, said a combination of inadequate signage, workmen not sticking to the agreed times, and poor communication had led to an "absolute shambles."

Councillor Sandy Lay (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) has taken up the concerns of businesses and residents.

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