Relief as roadworks ‘nightmare’ finishes

  • Business owner tells of nightmare roadworks
  • Months of work by Scottish Power blighted firms and residents
  • Energy giant apologises for inconvenience
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For weeks, roadworks along a major St Helens road have caused dismay for motorists and businesspeople alike.

Burtonhead Road, near Ravenhead Retail Park, was closed on January 19 to enable Scottish Power to dig up the road and carry out cabling works.

It’s been very tough for our business and for other businesses down here. We’ve been taking six or seven calls a day from people who are trying to find us

Ian Slater, boss of Palletland

The project was all part of a scheme from Rainhill to St Helens town centre.

But motorists and businesspeople were able to breathe a collective sigh of relief yesterday (March 3) as the road was finally reopened - 24 hours after the estimated end date.

Ian Slater, the boss of Palletland, told of his relief at the end of their “nightmare”.

He said: “The latest works only lasted about six weeks but before that there was other roadworks which lasted several months.

“It’s been very tough for our business and for other businesses down here. We’ve been taking six or seven calls a day from people who are trying to find us.

“It was about a 15-minute diversion, which put lots of people off. It also added half an hour to all our deliveries too.

“Surely they could have used temporary lights instead or used the paths to widen the road?”

A spokesman for SP Energy Networks simply said: “Works to complete the reinstatement of the road extended for a further day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

A one-way closure preventing vehicles entering Liverpool Road from the St Helens Linkway was also set to be lifted by highways chiefs on Monday.

That closure had been in place even longer - since January 17.