Spittal Hardwick Lane to be closed for three weeks

Roadworks are causing loads of delays on Spittal Hardwick Lane, Pontefract
Roadworks are causing loads of delays on Spittal Hardwick Lane, Pontefract

Motorists face long delays as one of the main routes between Pontefract and Castleford will be closed for three weeks.

An 18-week scheme to replace a culvert on Spittal Hardwick Lane is being carried out by Wakefield Council.

As part of the works the road will be closed from Monday until Monday, November 17.

Drivers logged onto the Express Facebook page to share their thoughts.

James Rookes said: “Why can’t they do roadworks at night and not during rush hour?”

Katy Norton said: “The whole of Pontefract is outrageous.”

Mark William Rudd said: “It’s going to cause a few traffic problems but can’t be helped. Let them do what they have to do.”

Rachael Hannon said: “It’s going to be a nightmare.”

Kev Richards said: “It’s going to put ten minutes on my journey to work and 20 minutes longer to get home, why could they not finish Park Road before closing Spittal Hardwick Lane?

“There are three routes from Castleford to Pontefract – one is a nightmare, one is closed, and the third is through Ferrybridge which construction workers at the power station use and is always very congested.”

Graham West, service manager for planning, transportation and highways at Wakefield Council, said: “We apologise for any disruption and inconvenience that this could cause.

“Our contractor is trying to complete the works to the highway culvert as soon as possible.

“The current works are essential if we are to maintain safe access along Spittal Hardwick Lane.”

A shuttle bus will run between Pontefract and Castleford while the closure is in place.