Troubles mount for Kingsholm business as roadworks continue
DRIVERS continue to face delays along Kingsholm Road – more than two years after work there first began.
Work on a major new sewerage scheme started in January 2011.
And the headache for drivers, businesses and residents in the area looks set to continue until the end of the month.
The £11million Severn Trent Water development has seen major disruption along Denmark Road, as well as Kingsholm Road and Worcester Street with temporary traffic lights in place.
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Work was supposed to be completed in July 2011, but the project was delayed for months after a tunnelling machine got stuck underground.
Businesses have suffered most by a huge drop off in passing trade, but it is unclear how much of a compensation payout they could receive.
Gary Teague, owner of Teague's Bar in Kingsholm Road, says he has lost £147,000 since the work began.
"It has been a nightmare," he said. "I had just finished the paperwork for the claim from the completion of phase three from June to November last year. Now I have had a letter saying they are still working on the completion of that completion. It is putting off my customers. One almost had a serious accident when another car jumped the lights. At 6pm, the traffic is backed up down the road to my pub. It is getting dangerous and they should have closed the road off completely."
Gary was hoping to recoup around £60,000 in compensation but says he is likely to get less than half that amount.
Sarah-Jane O'Kane from Severn Trent Water said: "We are doing everything we can to get the work finished as soon as possible to minimise disruption and apologise for the inconvenience.
"Any business customer that feels they have been affected by our works and have lost earnings as a result can apply for compensation."