Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Road Revamp 'A Nightmare from Start to Finish' RESIDENTS COMPLAIN AS MAJOR CITY ROUTE STILL NOT FINISHED

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Road Revamp 'A Nightmare from Start to Finish' RESIDENTS COMPLAIN AS MAJOR CITY ROUTE STILL NOT FINISHED

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Byline: DANIEL HOLLAND Local Democracy Reporter daniel.holland@reachplc.com @danhollandnews

A "NIGHTMARE from start to finish" for residents and businesses in a "forgotten" corner of Newcastle.

That is the verdict on the two years of misery endured at Killingworth Road, where a massively delayed roadworks project took a major step towards completion at long last this week.

Traffic finally began using the vital commuter route last Monday for the first time since July 2017, albeit only in one direction.

But for the neighbours who have had a close-up view of every frustrating twist and turn of the 22-month saga, the end of their suffering can still seem a long way off.

Alex Cragg, who has lived just a few yards away from the Killingworth Road works for the last 15 months, said: "It has been constant noise. I suppose you expect that with roadworks, but the mess has been awful as well."

He added: "My dad only lives in Longbenton and getting to him has been awful. It has been half an hour's drive for what would be a 10-minute walk."

Before it closed, up to 20,000 vehicles would use the key South Gosforth commuter link every day. And while many residents might not have missed the traffic going past their front doors, businesses certainly have.

Vape shop Totally Wicked opened on the corner of Killingworth Road just a few months before the roadworks began and store manager Edward Hobson says they have been "severely impacted".

He said: "We have had to move staff from here to other stores, there have been a lot of parking issues, we have had structural issues with the building caused by the works but we are not getting any compensation for them. It has been a nightmare from start to finish.

"I am pleased that the road is open one way now and we have started to get a little bit of our trade back."

Another Killingworth Road resident, who asked to remain anonymous, says the street now resembles a "slum" after two years of disruption - which was supposed to be over and done with by February of 2018. …

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