Motorists warned of potential delays

Published Wednesday, 24th September 2014
Motor vehicles

Motorists are being warned of the start of long-term major roadworks on the Rotherham end of the Parkway.

Work starts on Monday, September 29, to refurbish and repair the Old Flatts Bridge, which carries the A630 Rotherham Gateway to the Sheffield Parkway over rail lines.

From mid-October through to early February 2015, off-peak night time lane closures will be used to carry out the preparatory works for the main phase of the traffic management scheme, which is due to start in February next year.

From then until when the work is completed in November 2015, traffic will run on two narrow lanes in both directions at all times using contra-flow lanes.

It will also be necessary to have four road closures of the Parkway during the works. These will be limited to three consecutive ‘weekend’ nights – Friday/Saturday/Sunday to enable the installation, alterations and removal of this traffic management. Details of these will be announced at the times.

Cllr Maggie Godfrey, Cabinet Member for Safe and Attractive Neighbourhoods for the Council, said the work was "vital" in order to keep traffic moving safely along what is a major route.

She added: "The work will ensure the integrity of the bridge for many years to come on what is the main link between Rotherham and Sheffield as well as the motorway network. If the works are not completed it would have serious implications on vehicles using the Parkway.

"Traffic disruption will be kept to a minimum but unfortunately some inconvenience is inevitable and so we apologise to road users if their journeys are delayed."

The £4 million scheme has been partly-funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) with over £1 million being contributed from the Council. It is one of two successful 'Pinch Point' schemes submitted by the Council to the DfT last year.

Work is currently on-going on the £5 million scheme on the A630 Centenary Way to change the Masbrough (Pool Green) roundabout into a signalised crossroads junction.

The 'Pinch Point' initiative is intended to relieve existing or potential congestion hot spots on the nation’s principal roads.