'Mayhem' fears and outrage as major Kimberley road to be closed for months

Main Street in Kimberley, general view, with cars driving down and businesses visible on left hand side
-Credit: (Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

The closure of the main roads in Kimberley for roadworks will cause "mayhem", say locals, after the announcement that they will be shut for more than two months. Works to replace gas mains mean that Main Street and surrounding areas will be impassable by drivers starting on Monday, July 29.

Kimberley Town Council announced the news by posting a roadworks bulletin from Via, Nottinghamshire County Council's roads department, on its Facebook page. The authority limited comments on it - but outrage was obvious from the large number of angry reactions and shares that the post received.

Sharing it externally, one local, Ethan Crowe, wrote: "It's going to be mayhem." And Ellis Tansley, sharing it in the Spotted: Kimberley Facebook group, wrote: "Well won't this be fun."

Glenn Stockton commented on that post to say: "Wow, why not just close Kimberley down completely. Never anywhere else in this country has there been so many road closures and temporary traffic lights." And Deborah Pearce commented on another shared post, saying: "Oh God not again."

The works are as follows:

  • Main Street will be closed from its junction with Nine Corners to its junction with Greens Lane, from 7am on Monday, July 29 until Friday, September 6, at which point that part will reopen and it will be closed between Greens Lane and Noel Street until Friday, October 4.

  • Victoria Street will be closed from its junction with North Street to about 40 metres down, from Monday, July 29 until Sunday, October 6.

  • James Street will be closed from its junction with Main Street to its entrance to the car park, from Monday, August 19 until Friday, August 30. It will also become a two-way street, instead of a one-way street as it is normally.

  • Newdigate Street will be closed from its junction with Nottingham Road entirely from Monday, August 19 until Sunday, September 1.

  • Nottingham Road will be closed from its junction with Noel Street and its junction with Broomhill Road, from Monday, September 9 until Monday, October 7.

There will also be two-way temporary traffic lights at Main Street's junction with Green Lane for a week between Monday, September 9 until Monday, September 16.

While Cadent completes its job on the gas mains, Severn Trent Water and National Grid will also undertake necessary work during the same period. A diversion route, from Eastwood Road to the B6010 Nottingham Road, onto the A610 Kimberley/Eastwood bypass and then the B600 Nottingham Road, or vice versa, has been suggested as an alternative to drivers.