People living near Rolls-Royce’s Sinfin campus say they feel trapped in their homes due to extensive roadworks in the area.
Work to realign Victory Road as part of Rolls-Royce’s long-term plans for a new aerospace campus has been ongoing for months.
The £7 million project will see part of the road reconfigured so that it runs around the north-eastern edge of the company’s site. The road currently cuts the site in two.
Before the works began, those living at the top end of Victory Road could exit the area via any of four routes: Osmaston Park Road, Moor Lane, Merrill Way or Wilmore Road.
How Victory Road is being realigned
But road closures mean only Osmaston Park Road is currently accessible to them by car.
Thousands of Rolls-Royce workers are being forced to use the same route, causing gridlock at top of Victory Road.
Married dad Ian O’Donnell has lived there since 1998. He said: “It’s a nightmare. When it’s the morning or evening rush hour, we can’t even get out the drive. It’s impossible for us to go anywhere.”
Motorists are given the bad news…
Mr O’Donnell said he was particularly annoyed at the “complete lack of information” provided to residents about the road closures.
“We’ve had nothing,” he said. “We’re just being ignored. There’s no point us protesting as it’s Derby City Council and Rolls-Royce. They’ll do whatever they want to do.”
Another resident said: “It’s been hell. We thought the roadworks were meant to be finished by now, but no end is in sight.”
A council spokesman denied residents had not been kept informed.
He said: “On behalf of Derby City Council and Rolls-Royce, the Victory Road project team of AECOM and site contractor Balfour Beatty have issued several newsletters to residents during the course of the project.
“A further communication is being delivered by Tuesday, February 1 explaining the final stages of the project to completion.
“If a resident is concerned, they can contact the project manager, Nick Crocker at AECOM on 07984 609452 or email@example.com .
“The project is on track to be completed by June 2018, subject to favourable weather.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused during this change.”
Part of Victory Road is closed
Asked whether residents will receive compensation, the spokesman said: “Unfortunately, residents are not entitled to compensation as a result of highway works.”
Rolls-Royce also apologised to local residents for the disruption. A spokesman said: “Rolls-Royce welcomes the decision of Derby City Council to move forward with the realignment of Victory Road.
“This change to the existing public road network near our sites and the recently opened Infinity Park development will allow expected new traffic to flow more freely.
“We will take this development into account as we continue to develop our plans to create a campus in the area and apologise for any disruption caused by the current roadworks.”
The Wilmore Road-Merrill Way junction is covered in roadworks
The following closures are scheduled or in place:
* Victory Road from Merrill Way roundabout for approximately 100 metres, closed until Friday, March 16
* Victory Road from between Rolls-Royce Gate 2 and Gate 3 for approximately 25metres, scheduled to be closed from Monday, March 5 until Friday, May 4.
* Moor Lane from between junctions with the new Elm Wood Road and Victory Road is expected to be closed until Thursday, May 31.
* Moor Lane from the junction with the new Elm Wood Road will be subject to weekend road closures during March and April for surfacing works, dates still to be agreed.
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Source: Derby Telegraph