Double roadwork hell is pushing shops to the brink of closure

Traffic chaos in Mytholmroyd as pavement works cause lengthy delays and concerns about lost business from these traders in the town 'Pictured are Emma Toner, Clare Butterworth, Pearl Toner, John Duerden, Janet Chew-Tetlaw, Andrea Pullan and Adam Chew-Tetlaw
Traffic chaos in Mytholmroyd as pavement works cause lengthy delays and concerns about lost business from these traders in the town 'Pictured are Emma Toner, Clare Butterworth, Pearl Toner, John Duerden, Janet Chew-Tetlaw, Andrea Pullan and Adam Chew-Tetlaw

Dismayed business owners say they have had to lay off staff and could even face closure because roadworks have caused a dramatic drop in trade.

Two separate sets of temporary traffic lights on Burnley Road in both Mytholmroyd and Luddenden Foot, have snarled up motorists for over an hour during busy periods.

The first set of roadworks are part of the Mytholmroyd District Traffic Review, while the second, outside Springfield Camping, are caused by repairs to electric cables and will be in place for another fortnight.

Shop owners have not been offered any compensation by the council despite the roadworks having such a significant effect on business.

Pearl Toner, of Village Fisheries in Mytholmroyd, said: “We’ve had to close on Monday and Tuesday and I’ve had to let one of the girls go because trade has dropped by 50 per cent,” she said.

“We’re losing hundreds of pounds a week. There’s only so much more we can take.

“The problem is that people don’t feel like stopping after they’ve been queuing and people try to avoid this area so we’ve lost all passing trade,” she said.

Mike Smith, of Wharfdale Traditional furniture, said: “I’ve lost 90 per cent of my business since the roadworks.

“I’ve kept a daily record of business for the last three years. It’s there in black and white.

“If it goes on much longer I’ll have to close down. I’m losing thousands.

Janet Chew-Tetlaw, of Waites Confectioners, said: “We’ve had to reduce staff hours on a Friday because people won’t stop in the roadworks.”

The roadworks in Luddenden Foot are right outside Springfield Camping, where owner Terry Gray said: “At first people couldn’t even get into the car park because traffic blocked the entrance and I’ve had delivery drivers who have been in the traffic so long they’ve run out of driving hours on their way here.”

A council spokesperson said the roadworks were on course to finish by the end of March.