Controversy as housing development causes chaos and confusion


Controversy as housing development causes chaos and confusion

Residents in Scartho have voiced their frustration surrounding road closures as works to ‘reinforce’ Northern Powergrid’s network.

The works will ensure the network is able to accommodate the additional demand generated by various new housing developments in the surrounding area.

But the works, which are set to last at least three more weeks, have been branded ‘chaotic’ and ‘an absolute hell’ after several key routes were blocked off.

Sections of two roads leading from the roundabout at the junction of Waltham Road, Scartho Road and Louth Road have been forced to close as the works get underway.

Locals have repeatedly expressed frustration over the amount of new housing developments which are being built in the area, alleging that the local infrastructure, including shops, schools and medical facilities, are not being improved or increased fast enough to cope with the growing population.

Now, bus diversions which have been put in place as a result have also caused confusion.

It had previously been confirmed that services 9, 10 and 108 would divert via Louth Road, Station Road, Waltham Road and Fairfield Road in both directions.

However, exactly where they would stop, and whether they would be allowed to pause at bus stops originally designated for bus routes 8 and 51.

Some passengers claimed there had been inconsistencies regarding where they were allowed to get on and off the bus which had caused issues with their daily commute.

Others have complained at the lengthy increase in their commute as a result of the diversions.

For clarity, a Stagecoach East Midlands spokesperson said: “Buses can use all stops along the line of route including any along the diverted section. People can board and alight at designated stops.”

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