Pinchbeck car wash owner says his business is hit hard by Spalding Western Relief Road construction which has closed Enterprise Way junction
A car wash owner says his business is being hit by the roadworks which created gridlock in town.
Mohammed Khaled runs Pinchbeck Car Wash in Enterprise Way and has seen custom drop since the Spalding Road junction was closed.
Drivers have 11 weeks of delays ahead as work starts on the Spalding Western Relief Road and has brought in additional traffic lights - which are creating problems for nearby residents.
Problems have been compounded as the A151 Dozen’s Bank at West Pinchbeck is currently closed.
Mr Khaled fears that his business will not survive the 11 week closure of Enterprise Way junction.
He reported that his business had dropped by 60% on Friday but this has dwindled even further over the weekend.
Mr Khaled, who has had to reduce the hours of his staff, said: “This is a car wash so most of my customers are passing and if they are not passing how can we work.
“One customer told me on Friday that she had waited in traffic for 40 minutes to get to me.
“If you are coming to a car wash - you won’t wait an hour. You can do it yourself or go to a different place.
“I am a small business and those around me are either contractors or gyms. If you have a gym membership you will travel.”
Heavy traffic has caused a Spalding Road resident to leave his car in a nearby cul de sac as it is impossible to get out of his drive.
George Scott described the traffic as ‘awful’ and is also raising concerns about the possible air pollution due to the waiting cars.
He is calling for a sign to be put up asking drivers to switch off their engines.
Mr Scott said: “It is awful - trying to get out of our drive is difficult as people are in such a rush to get past the traffic lights.
“It is bad every day but this is going on until October and the queues start early in the morning.
“I am worried about the air pollution as we have children and elderly people living here.”
Along with the closures of Enterprise Way and Dozen’s Bank, problems were also seen on Friday along the West Marsh Lane and A16 areas.
Karen Cassar, assistant director for highways, said: “We’re aware that both sets of works are happening simultaneously and that there is some queuing on Spalding Road where we have temporary signals in place. However, because Dozen’s Bank is a school bus route into and out of Spalding, these works needed to take place over the school holidays for three weeks.
“As with any major roadworks, we knew both sets of works would cause some disruption in and around Spalding and Pinchbeck, but we’re doing our absolute best to keep this to a minimum by working as efficiently as possible on site.”
She went onto say:“As the Highways Authority, the county council has no power to grant compensation for financial loss incurred because of traffic restrictions for roadworks.
“We ask anyone concerned about the Enterprise Way closure, and our relief road works generally, to contact Eurovia’s public liaison officer.”