Roadworks fail to meet ‘high standards’

Road works just off the M62 at junction 32. p1156d009
Road works just off the M62 at junction 32. p1156d009
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OUTRAGED residents in Glass Houghton have lashed out after road resurfacing work which caused traffic chaos less than a year ago had to be repaired this week.

A Wakefield Council inspection of Park Road, Colorado Way and Stainburn Avenue – where major resurfacing works were carried out between March and August last year – found the work did not meet their ‘high standards’.

The authority says the contractor responsible for the scheme, Carillion, has agreed to pay for the repairs, which have caused more traffic disruption in the area this week.

Members of the Express Facebook fan page voiced their anger at the latest roadworks.

David Brooksbank said: “I live on Stainburn Avenue and am disgusted that I am having to put up with roadworks at the end of our street for the third time.

“We were disturbed for months last year and another week now. The annoying thing for me is we were given about three days notice. I want compensating.”

Emma Langdon added: “It’s a joke, they spent over six months working on the roads, it should have been right before the council signed off the work from the contractors.”

The M62 junction was reconstructed last year as part of a maintenance scheme to remove base material which was causing the highway to heave and create an uneven surface.

Repairs were finished ten weeks ahead of schedule and subject to a 12-month guarantee where the work would be regularly inspected by the council.

A council spokeswoman said: “Rigorous inspections are made to ensure that the quality of the work continues to meet the high standards expected by Wakefield Council.

“It has become apparent that the quality of the carriageway surfacing does not meet those high standards.”

Tony Wallis, resident and councillor for Castleford and Glass Houghton, said: “I think what’s happened is the council has inspected it and asked the contractors to put it right, but clearly it should have been done properly in the first place to avoid disruption.

“I have been on Park Road and had to take a detour. It’s a bit frustrating and an inconvenience, especially considering what happened before.

“It’s good in one sense because it shows the work is getting inspected. Residents don’t like what is going on and they understand why it needs doing but they’re annoyed at the ones who have done the work.”

Coun Denise Jeffery, deputy council leader and cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “I have received a lot of correspondence on these roadworks and I do understand people’s concerns after all the disruption last year.

“Unfortunately, and at no cost to the council, we are having to carry out further repairs. We apologise for the inconvenience and are working with the contractors to make sure this work is carried out with the minimum disruption.”

No-one at Carillion was available for comment.