Gas Works Cause Chaos!

As if the ongoing work at the Loughborough Road/Kirk Lane/Flawforth Lane junction isn’t enough, motorists trying to navigate through Ruddington today had even more delays to contend with.

After starting on February 22nd, the gas maintenance work by Cadent at ‘Tavern Island’ – the mini-roundabout where Clifton Road meets Wilford Road – expanded unexpectedly from the grass verge into the carriageway.  Three-way temporary traffic lights were put into use, which caused long, peak-time queues (above). This work (below) is expected to continue tomorrow (Wednesday 28th February) so it’s likely there’s more serious disruption still to come – with workers now needing to access gas pipes under the traffic island itself.

UPDATE 1st March 2024:

This work has now been extended until Wednesday 6th March – with three way temporary traffic lights in use.

This inevitably means another whole week of peak-time queues of traffic from Clifton Road, Wilford Road and Ruddington village centre beyond Cadent‘s originally intended completion date.

No explanation has been offered as to why this is the case, however it’s assumed a leak was detected in the carriageway beneath Tavern Island which required additional excavation and repairs. The delay is likely to be even more problematic due to the extra traffic generated by Ruddington Village Market this Saturday. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to walk, come by public transport or make use of the parking and Village Market shuttle bus from Mere Way.

The traffic delays are now set to continue until March 6th…

UPDATE 3rd March 2024:

We’re pleased to report that this additional gas work has been completed today, ahead of schedule, and all restrictions at ‘Tavern Island’ have now been lifted.

However, drivers should be aware of continuing, peak-time delays through Ruddington, since the temporary 4-way signals controlling traffic at the Loughborough Road/Kirk Lane/Flawforth Lane junction for pipe diversion work by Cadent Gas will remain in place right the way through until Friday 26th April. Earlier this month reported the bombshell from Via East Midlands that it now anticipates all the necessary work at this junction won’t be completed until Friday 11th October 2024 – fifteen months after it first began!

Further roadworks are scheduled in Ruddington from the middle of March, and we’ll bring you another full update on our website very soon.

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