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VIDEO - Trader worried about the effect of the A19 roadworks

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12:42pm 16th January 2018
(Updated 2:21pm 16th January 2018)

Businesses on the A19 where roadworks are taking place are reminding customers that they are open as usual.

Owners are worried that the planned works will negatively affect business, and could even result in bankruptcy.

One of those concerned is David Martin, who has run the Lodge Cottage Farm Shop for five years.

The small business, which sells everything from pies to coal, is based in Crockey Hill.

David said:

“The traffic’s horrendous. It’s at a standstill. People are sitting their for god knows how long.

People can’t get into our business. We’ll not last two weeks. It will put us out of business. We’ll be bankrupt.

We trade seven days a week. We trade on small margins. We’ve got bills to pay like everybody else. They have gone ahead, they’re not bothered about anybody’s business whatsoever.

The first thing we knew about it was when the Council put the signs up saying they were going to start work.

I’ve been in touch with the highways department and they won’t give you any answers. They are fobbing people off.

They’ve done this behind closed doors. It’s absolutely shocking.”

VIDEO - The A19 yesterday morning:

Neighbouring businesses have also said that they've faced similar issues.

Swallow Hall Golf Course say that the Council put signs out regarding the closures, making it seem like it can't be accessed, which is not true.

The Golf Course is open as usual.

David continued:

“It’s not just my business that’s affected. There are ambulances coming up and down.

If they’re a minute or two minutes late, somebody could die.”

As reported yesterday by Minster FM, the Council has apologised for the delays, and took action to help ease the situation.

Commenting on Facebook, many road users said this morning that the closure of Wheldrake Lane significantly improved their travel time.

Tony Clark , head of transport at the City of York council, and said they will put out more signs to signal that local businesses are still open for trade.

 

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