Anger over water works in Featherstone

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 030215 - Press - Common Side Lane Water Roadworks - Common Side Lane, Featherstone, England - Councillor John Jackson with the stretch of road which has been continually dug up with a burst water main.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 030215 - Press - Common Side Lane Water Roadworks - Common Side Lane, Featherstone, England - Councillor John Jackson with the stretch of road which has been continually dug up with a burst water main.

Repairs to a burst water main in Featherstone caused ‘traffic chaos’ and affected businesses in the town, a councillor has claimed.

Featherstone town councillor John Jackson said Yorkshire Water’s works on Common Side Lane last week led to lengthy delays while temporary traffic lights were in place.

Coun Jackson said: “The traffic has been terrible and I was told that a major project in 2011 was supposed to have sorted out the problems on Common Side Lane.

“Previous to that I reported eight leaks over a five or six year period on that stretch of road, which was why it was decided to replace the mains.

“Wakefield Council resurfaced the road following the works and this is the third time it has been dug up since 2011. It’s awful – I feel like we’re going back to square one.”

Coun Jackson said the works were affecting businesses on Green Lane industrial estate.

He added: “People have been left really angry about the delays.

“On Monday the traffic was chaos. It was queuing right back down Common Side Lane and Wakefield Road.”

A Yorkshire Water spokesperson said: “On January 26 we were made aware of a burst to a section of water main on Common Side Lane.

“Due to the importance of this main to the local area, we immediately visited the area and rectified the problem – completing our repairs within 24 hours.

“While we understand the councillor’s concerns, the new section of water main that was laid in this area in 2011 was to reduce the number of bursts experienced rather than eradicate them entirely.”