Residents' frustration over gas works traffic delays

Residents' frustration over gas works traffic delays

BUILD-UP: Traffic on Otley Road at the gas works

Baildon Resident Colin Jackson is frustrated about gas road works

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GAS mains replacement work in Shipley has caused major tailbacks and left drivers fuming at slow traffic lights, say Baildon residents.

The work started on Otley Road on July 21 and was set to last 11 weeks - but those living nearby have already had enough.

"It's been awful trying to get down into Shipley - traders there must have lost a lot of business," said Colin Jackson of Long Royd Drive.

"On Saturday it took 15 minutes from the flat section of Baildon Road to just get to the traffic lights," said the retired building society executive.

"The problem has been that the traffic lights controlling the traffic into Shipley, which is down to one lane because of the roadworks, have been giving too much time to traffic coming in from Dockfield Lane where most of the gas works are taking place," added, Mr Jackson, 71.

"But then the lights are not altered at evenings or at weekends when very few vehicles use the lane as it's not a residential area.

"So queues build up as drivers on Otley Road wait longer than they need to," he said.

A spokesman for Northern Gas Networks said the traffic lights were not under its control and explained the major gas supply improvement project involves replacing elderly iron work with new plastic piping.

Baildon Ward councillor Debbie Davies (Con) said she had been bombarded with calls from people furious at the length of delays.

"And while everyone accepts this work has to be done, there is just a blunt sign telling drivers to seek an alternative route - and there simply isn't one," she said.

"There are also road works taking place over at Apperley Bridge and commuters who use that route are coming over to join the Otley Road queues which has caused gridlock."

However Marian Taylor, a Baildon town councillor, said she had independently discovered some encouraging news.

"I went and spoke to the site manager on Otley Road who told me that work had gone very well and in terms of closing the trenches which have cut the road to single lane, they are hopefully a week ahead of schedule," she said.

A Council highways spokesman said: "We sympathise with people's frustration with these two sets of roadworks, but they are both essential works and unfortunately fall on busy sections of road.

"We are working with Northern Gas Networks on the Baildon scheme to ensure that the work is completed as quickly as possible."

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12:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

Why dont they do this work overnight like they do in other countries? Hit the problem with manpower not two or three workers. Get the traffic lights re-synced. Wait until the schools go back then real chaos will follow.
Why dont they do this work overnight like they do in other countries? Hit the problem with manpower not two or three workers. Get the traffic lights re-synced. Wait until the schools go back then real chaos will follow. OLDLAD
  • Score: 27

12:26pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Hoggy64 says...

Actually Dockfield has quite a number of houses and flats on it, as well as a number of businesses that are open in the evening. I regularly use the road and I can assure Mr Jackson that it is just as painfully slow to access it as it is coming from Baildon.
Actually Dockfield has quite a number of houses and flats on it, as well as a number of businesses that are open in the evening. I regularly use the road and I can assure Mr Jackson that it is just as painfully slow to access it as it is coming from Baildon. Hoggy64
  • Score: 2

12:45pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Thackleygirl says...

The whole situation is ridiculous - last night it took nearly one hour to drive from Rawdon to Apperley Bridge and then when you do manage to get past there are no workmen working on it!! I understand that these works at both Baildon and Apperley Bridge are essential, but why are they not being worked on until say 7.00pm and this would ensure that the job is done quicker. There is NO alternative route, it is either Apperley Bridge or Baildon Bridge (as there is either the River Aire or Canal in between) and yet Bradford Council insist on allowing more houses to be built around this area - what will happen when/if 1,000 + houses are approved for the area???? Absolute Chaos - they should be ashamed of themselves....
The whole situation is ridiculous - last night it took nearly one hour to drive from Rawdon to Apperley Bridge and then when you do manage to get past there are no workmen working on it!! I understand that these works at both Baildon and Apperley Bridge are essential, but why are they not being worked on until say 7.00pm and this would ensure that the job is done quicker. There is NO alternative route, it is either Apperley Bridge or Baildon Bridge (as there is either the River Aire or Canal in between) and yet Bradford Council insist on allowing more houses to be built around this area - what will happen when/if 1,000 + houses are approved for the area???? Absolute Chaos - they should be ashamed of themselves.... Thackleygirl
  • Score: 28

1:00pm Wed 6 Aug 14

stevion12 says...

took me 1 hour to get from esholt to Shipley last week the traffics that's bad and it wasn't even rush hour was only like 3pm and the schools were off, dare not too think what's it's gonna be like come the schools are back and if there still doing it
took me 1 hour to get from esholt to Shipley last week the traffics that's bad and it wasn't even rush hour was only like 3pm and the schools were off, dare not too think what's it's gonna be like come the schools are back and if there still doing it stevion12
  • Score: 15

1:58pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Thackleygirl says...

There is talk of a possible new road being built (bypass) but would someone please explain where they think this will go from and too as Bradford Council have allowed everywhere around that area to be built on. The only place they haven't built any houses is either the small grass area (roundabout thing) opposite 'The Noble Comb' or at the Apperley Bridge end they haven't built houses on the carpark at 'The Stansfield Arms'??
There is talk of a possible new road being built (bypass) but would someone please explain where they think this will go from and too as Bradford Council have allowed everywhere around that area to be built on. The only place they haven't built any houses is either the small grass area (roundabout thing) opposite 'The Noble Comb' or at the Apperley Bridge end they haven't built houses on the carpark at 'The Stansfield Arms'?? Thackleygirl
  • Score: 7

1:59pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Bradfordian1 says...

OLDLAD is right - why hasn't the council insisted that this work is completed on a 24hr basis?
the road is a major road - it's busy enough as it is without these works being carried out.
Nobody was working at weekend on these road works - why is that?
I work shifts - why can't they?
The trouble is that the contractor will agree that it will take X amount of weeks and there's no incentive to get it done sooner.
Major disruption to traffic (including public transport) due to road works should mean the contractor works 24hrs to get it finished.
OLDLAD is right - why hasn't the council insisted that this work is completed on a 24hr basis? the road is a major road - it's busy enough as it is without these works being carried out. Nobody was working at weekend on these road works - why is that? I work shifts - why can't they? The trouble is that the contractor will agree that it will take X amount of weeks and there's no incentive to get it done sooner. Major disruption to traffic (including public transport) due to road works should mean the contractor works 24hrs to get it finished. Bradfordian1
  • Score: 23

2:32pm Wed 6 Aug 14

bd12red says...

Try moving to low moor, they've been carrying out gas repairs on New works road for about 3 years now. Keep digging the same section of road up, filling it in, then digging it up again 2 or 3 weeks later. Ridiculous.
Try moving to low moor, they've been carrying out gas repairs on New works road for about 3 years now. Keep digging the same section of road up, filling it in, then digging it up again 2 or 3 weeks later. Ridiculous. bd12red
  • Score: 4

4:32pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Bradfordian1 says...

bd12red wrote:
Try moving to low moor, they've been carrying out gas repairs on New works road for about 3 years now. Keep digging the same section of road up, filling it in, then digging it up again 2 or 3 weeks later. Ridiculous.
In Singapore, they give so many weeks notice to motorists that they're closing a stretch of road for a set period of time.
During that time, every utility company who has cables and pipes under that stretch of road are invited to replace what's theirs before the council fills in the hole and resurfaces. - Doing the job properly. Decent road surface.
If, after it's been filled in and resurfaced, a company then says one of their pipes has bust or there's a problem with a cable or they need to lay new, that utility is heavily fined and also responsible for resurfacing the whole road - not chuck a load of third rate cast off tarmac down and leave it like over here.

It's about time the government got tough with these companies rather than focussing on the motorist - maybe then will traffic move more freely.
[quote][p][bold]bd12red[/bold] wrote: Try moving to low moor, they've been carrying out gas repairs on New works road for about 3 years now. Keep digging the same section of road up, filling it in, then digging it up again 2 or 3 weeks later. Ridiculous.[/p][/quote]In Singapore, they give so many weeks notice to motorists that they're closing a stretch of road for a set period of time. During that time, every utility company who has cables and pipes under that stretch of road are invited to replace what's theirs before the council fills in the hole and resurfaces. - Doing the job properly. Decent road surface. If, after it's been filled in and resurfaced, a company then says one of their pipes has bust or there's a problem with a cable or they need to lay new, that utility is heavily fined and also responsible for resurfacing the whole road - not chuck a load of third rate cast off tarmac down and leave it like over here. It's about time the government got tough with these companies rather than focussing on the motorist - maybe then will traffic move more freely. Bradfordian1
  • Score: 13

9:42pm Wed 6 Aug 14

steveb63 says...

Questions...

Why can't this work be carried out at night and the trenches securely covered during the day?

If the pipes are so old at Baildon why is it so essential to replace them at the same time as the work at Apperly bridge? Would a few more months make that much difference?

Why all the buck passing between the council and the two energy bodies doing this work?

Someone get a grip and Please no more house building until there are enough road improvements, to support the extra traffic generated.

Trying to get out of Baildon is bad enough at rush hour without this work.
Questions... Why can't this work be carried out at night and the trenches securely covered during the day? If the pipes are so old at Baildon why is it so essential to replace them at the same time as the work at Apperly bridge? Would a few more months make that much difference? Why all the buck passing between the council and the two energy bodies doing this work? Someone get a grip and Please no more house building until there are enough road improvements, to support the extra traffic generated. Trying to get out of Baildon is bad enough at rush hour without this work. steveb63
  • Score: 6

10:53pm Wed 6 Aug 14

ShipleyBridge says...

As someone who lives in the 'not a residential area' Mr Jackson seems to want everything his own way. The lights at the end of Dockfield are not on for a long time - if you are on a bike you can't get to the end before the lights go red, and it lets about 4 cars through. It's a normal junction.
As someone who lives in the 'not a residential area' Mr Jackson seems to want everything his own way. The lights at the end of Dockfield are not on for a long time - if you are on a bike you can't get to the end before the lights go red, and it lets about 4 cars through. It's a normal junction. ShipleyBridge
  • Score: -5

7:07pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Shipleyvegas says...

Every summer there seems to be 'essential' works around Fox's corner, this year being no exception, but Nothern Gas Networks have got it wrong here.

I've genuinely lost track of the times I've come through here, at various times of day to see no activity. If the works are essential, then as other comments have said put some effort in and stop watching the river. If the light sequences are outside your control turn them off and use temporary ones. Heaven knows what cost to the local economy and environment is from these works.

Oh, and
Customer Care Team
Mon to Fri 08:00 - 20:00 // Sat 8:30 - 17:30
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Every summer there seems to be 'essential' works around Fox's corner, this year being no exception, but Nothern Gas Networks have got it wrong here. I've genuinely lost track of the times I've come through here, at various times of day to see no activity. If the works are essential, then as other comments have said put some effort in and stop watching the river. If the light sequences are outside your control turn them off and use temporary ones. Heaven knows what cost to the local economy and environment is from these works. Oh, and Customer Care Team Mon to Fri 08:00 - 20:00 // Sat 8:30 - 17:30 0845 634 0508, option 7 Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 0

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