Yet more chaos at roundabout

Busy traffic on Waterloo Road, Blackpool
Busy traffic on Waterloo Road, Blackpool
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ROAD chaos caused by one of Blackpool’s major thoroughfares being dug up for repairs has been a nightmare, residents claim.

Contractors are back at Waterloo Road, South Shore, after town hall bosses decided the street needed overhauling, just three years after the street was completely rebuilt in a “continental style”.

Work was carried out in 2009 to build a new roundabout, but cracks in the road were found recently with urgent repairs required.

One local hotelier said: “It’s bad enough during the day but at rush-hour and during the school run it’s a nightmare. If the job had been done right in the first place we wouldn’t be experiencing this.”

It is unclear who will have to foot the bill for the repair work, but town hall bosses said the work would be done correctly this time.

Waterloo councillor David O’Hara (inset) said: “Unfortunately it wasn’t the best work, but it should be the end of the trouble and I hope it’s finished by the end of next week.”

Traffic on the roads next to Waterloo Road, including Rawcliffe Road and Dean Street, are also expected to experience delays.

Blackpool Council confirmed traffic will be disrupted until Tuesday.

John Donnellon, the council’s service director for built environment, said: “This is a key route and some congestion is to be expected but the work has been set to take place before the Easter holidays.”