Drivers living near a multi-million pound development in a Nottinghamshire town have described the daily ordeal of travelling to work.
Motorists have said they are commuting in ‘nightmare’ conditions as work is carried out on Adamsway, A6117.
The busy short-cut road was closed in both directions on April 10 and will be for six months for work on a new roundabout.
The well needed roundabout will provide access to a controversial multi-million pound mixed-use development scheme.
Lewis Bryan, 19, said how this new development is causing him traffic misery.
The engineer of Mansfield said: “I use this route to go to work every day, but now I’m having to set off half an hour earlier to beat the traffic.
“If it’s going on till October we’re set in for a long summer, it’s going to be a nightmare.”
Angela Westman, 58 also shared the worry of long delays.
The customer service advisor said: “I live in Rainworth and travel this road every day as a cut through to get to Nottingham Road. A simple journey that takes a few minutes now has me queuing back to back for over 20 minutes.
“I hope this development doesn’t over run, a lot of people will not be pleased if it does. We’re already facing long delays for six months.”
Nathan Radford, 26 of Mansfield added: “You might think as it’s only a small road to closed you could cut through parts of Berry Hill, however this works to no avail as there are minor works happening near The Avenue too so we’re trapped either way.”
The Lindhurst Group, developers of Berry Hill Mansfield, is in charge of the new development and plans to provide homes and new jobs to improve prospects for the area.
Richard Bowden, project representative for The Lindhurst Group, said: “This is an incredibly important scheme for Mansfield and we are all delighted that the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) granted us the £8.5m in funding to deliver this.
“Berry Hill will provide a significant boost to the local economy, creating up to 4,000 new jobs, as well as delivering vital new homes for the area. We want to create a community where people want to live and work, and create something that the wider west Nottinghamshire community is proud of.”
New additions on the 480 acre land will include offices, 1,700 new homes, a new primary school, a health centre and care facilities.
Works associated with the first phase of development have now begun with house builders expected to start on site later this year.
Kate Allsop, executive elected mayor of Mansfield, said how despite the long delays the development is needed for the area.
She said: “There is a real need for new housing within Mansfield and the large development at Berry Hill together with community facilities such as shops, school and medical facilities within a local centre is good for the district.
“This has been a long time in the planning and I’m excited to finally start to see the detailed plans followed by new homes coming forward.”