Roadworks disruption on Thornton Road causes frustration among drivers

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The gas works on Thornton Road, Bradford The gas works on Thornton Road, Bradford

Ongoing gas mains work on a major Bradford road is causing tempers to fray among motorists.

Drivers are complaining of delays of more than 15 minutes as they try to get through works along Thornton Road, where engineers are repairing a damaged main.

Bradford Council’s lead member for transport has expressed sympathy with motorists and says the authority is trying to bring in a scheme which could cut down the length of time roadworks take.

But Northern Gas Networks said its original works finished on time and that a second phase was brought forward at the Council’s request – extending the disruption.

“I have picked up on the general discontent about the length of time it is taking to complete these works,” said Councillor Val Slater.

“It’s a common problem and one reason the Council is trying to introduce a permit scheme for utility companies when they start work on our major roads.

“This would involve them liaising with us and very tight contracts with penalties if deadlines are not met.”

The essential work Northern Gas Networks is carrying out in Thornton Road involves replacing a stretch of old, iron gas main with modern, more durable plastic pipes.

Taking place between the junctions of Listerhills Road and Quebec Street, the initial work was expected to last about eight weeks, but the start of the second phase has extended it.

Temporary traffic lights are said to be the root of much of the problems.

Coun Slater said: “We need to pin the utilities down here. We are waiting for Government permission for a permit scheme, similar to those which already operate in Leeds and Kirklees.

“I do appreciate that motorists are getting to the end of their tether and that is why we are trying to take action through the powers we have. Officers have been to the Department of Transport and I hope there will be action quite soon.”

One angry motorist said he was delayed by nearly half an hour when driving into Bradford this week.

“The temporary lights are a real problem,” he said. “When traffic turns right from the permanent lights, it can cause real congestion.”

The work in Thornton Road started last December.

NGN customer operations area manager Ian Cunningham said: “The work was completed on schedule at the end of January.

“However, at the request of Bradford Council highways department, a second phase of the mains replacement project, originally scheduled for later this year, was brought forward.

“This work on track for completion by Friday, April 11.”

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6:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

Albion. says...

"NGN customer operations area manager Ian Cunningham said: “The work was completed on schedule at the end of January.

“However, at the request of Bradford Council highways department, a second phase of the mains replacement project, originally scheduled for later this year, was brought forward.

“This work on track for completion by Friday, April 11.”



So despite the words from the councillor, it appears to be their fault!
"NGN customer operations area manager Ian Cunningham said: “The work was completed on schedule at the end of January. “However, at the request of Bradford Council highways department, a second phase of the mains replacement project, originally scheduled for later this year, was brought forward. “This work on track for completion by Friday, April 11.” So despite the words from the councillor, it appears to be their fault! Albion.
  • Score: 12

6:53am Sat 29 Mar 14

collos25 says...

Fresh from her muli, million pound failure at Saltaire VS swings into action and does absolutely nothing..
Fresh from her muli, million pound failure at Saltaire VS swings into action and does absolutely nothing.. collos25
  • Score: 2

8:43am Sat 29 Mar 14

albioff says...

As usual around Bradford it is a case of "if it moves, stop it, then when it has stopped book it for parking"
As usual around Bradford it is a case of "if it moves, stop it, then when it has stopped book it for parking" albioff
  • Score: 2

8:59am Sat 29 Mar 14

micela22 says...

Clayton is now getting snarled up at the roundabout with commuters trying short cuts: the village simply can``t cope with this additional traffic
Clayton is now getting snarled up at the roundabout with commuters trying short cuts: the village simply can``t cope with this additional traffic micela22
  • Score: -4

9:15am Sat 29 Mar 14

thatsnotmyname says...

Get a grip people, not exactly an 'end of the world' problem is it.
Get a grip people, not exactly an 'end of the world' problem is it. thatsnotmyname
  • Score: 3

9:32am Sat 29 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

A lot of this sort of working going eg. Bolton Road but I guess it got to be done. My thought would be do they realy have to be working in so many places all at once in the same road, can't they dig one hole fill it in then go to the next?
A lot of this sort of working going eg. Bolton Road but I guess it got to be done. My thought would be do they realy have to be working in so many places all at once in the same road, can't they dig one hole fill it in then go to the next? Joedavid
  • Score: -3

10:43am Sat 29 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

Can they get a better pic. of Val Slater ?
Can they get a better pic. of Val Slater ? The Hoffster
  • Score: 3

10:56am Sat 29 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

Cheap and cheerful saving money
Cheap and cheerful saving money bd7 helper
  • Score: 1

11:57am Sat 29 Mar 14

knox615 says...

15 minutes? 30 minutes? Its hardly a big deal is it? If you use the road regularly then after the first time you set off earlier to compensate for the delay. Sorted. As far as the permit scheme goes, motoring magazines have been talking about these things for years, yet they never actually seem to happen.
15 minutes? 30 minutes? Its hardly a big deal is it? If you use the road regularly then after the first time you set off earlier to compensate for the delay. Sorted. As far as the permit scheme goes, motoring magazines have been talking about these things for years, yet they never actually seem to happen. knox615
  • Score: 2

2:54pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

On another one l can't believe the highways at the council haven't put on a filter right turn light outbound on Legrams Lane by the Arcadian lights. And this especially when they granted Asda permission for the supermarket on the old Bookers site.
With the ex Co op customers parking on the left and sometimes on the yellow lines the traffic. An queue back to Thornton Road. This then backs up at Lidget Green and into Clayton where people of Queensbury, Thornton and Allerton use it as a short cut. Great Horton Road becomes gridlock and the Girlington lights let through 6/7 cars depending how awake some motorists are.
So a filter to the right on Legrams Lane letting out around eight cars in 10/12 seconds would help that bit.
This story shows the council are at fault even though Val Slater tries to defend their actions.
I can see job creation here.
On another one l can't believe the highways at the council haven't put on a filter right turn light outbound on Legrams Lane by the Arcadian lights. And this especially when they granted Asda permission for the supermarket on the old Bookers site. With the ex Co op customers parking on the left and sometimes on the yellow lines the traffic. An queue back to Thornton Road. This then backs up at Lidget Green and into Clayton where people of Queensbury, Thornton and Allerton use it as a short cut. Great Horton Road becomes gridlock and the Girlington lights let through 6/7 cars depending how awake some motorists are. So a filter to the right on Legrams Lane letting out around eight cars in 10/12 seconds would help that bit. This story shows the council are at fault even though Val Slater tries to defend their actions. I can see job creation here. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 4

4:54pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Outraged English Subject says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Can they get a better pic. of Val Slater ?
Afraid not! That’s as good as it gets.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: Can they get a better pic. of Val Slater ?[/p][/quote]Afraid not! That’s as good as it gets. Outraged English Subject
  • Score: -1

11:26pm Sun 30 Mar 14

andybfc7 says...

I've come to assume that these roadworks will last forever.
I've come to assume that these roadworks will last forever. andybfc7
  • Score: 3

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