GLOSSOP Road – one of the main routes into and out of Sheffield city centre – looks like being fully closed for up to five weeks while repairs are carried out to a collapsed wall that undermined the carriageway.
Initial work next to King Edward VII Upper School is due to begin on Monday, before the scheme starts in earnest on Friday, November 18. The council is targeting completion by Christmas.
Already traffic is reduced to one-way out-of-town, with into-town diversions for buses and other vehicles, as a result of the landslip on October 11.
Nearby traders have complained of a reduction in passing trade and now the announcement of a full road closure is a major blow in the run-up to Christmas.
The council says there is no alternative. Until further investigations have taken place, it is not possible to provide an exact date when the road will be fully reopened, it adds.
A target date has been set for Christmas 2011, “subject to weather conditions and final design requirements”.
All businesses are open as usual and can still be accessed, adds the council.
Daniel Ladbury, from the council, said: “I know that residents and businesses are keen to get Glossop Road fully reopened as soon as possible and I can assure everyone that we want that too.
“Let’s not forget that the wall collapse has undermined the road. We must ensure that we get everything up and running but safely.
“At present we are aiming towards reopening the road by Christmas, which is five weeks away.
“Completely closing Glossop Road now allows us to get the work done more quickly and get it back open as soon as possible.
“The wall continues to be monitored and we apologise for the inconvenience the repair work is causing people in the area.”
The wall collapsed while contractors Vinci were working on a £20m scheme to redevelop the school. The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.
Council cabinet members Leigh Bramall and Coun Helen Mirfin–Boukouris were meeting businesses yesterday (Wednesday) following complaints about “a lack of support” for shops, which say they are suffering from higher on-street parking fees as well as the partial road closure.
Lucy Cam, owner of La Vie En Rose beauty salon, said: “Our row of small shops, ranging from beauty salons to restaurants, is being forced into a ghost street.”