WORK on the final stage of a major new link road, which will connect the A663 Broadway and the B6189 Foxdenton Lane, is finally underway.
The £100 million regeneration scheme at Broadway Green commenced in May 2017 and is set to deliver more than 600,000 sq ft of employment space and up to 500 new homes by the end of 2020.
The scheme – a joint venture between Oldham Council and Foxdenton LLP – will create up to 2,000 new jobs and an estimated £4.6 million boost to the local retail economy and a 25-acre linear park.
The final phase, which began on January 6, will provide motorists with access to the development with earthworks in the vicinity of the Crossley Bridge progressing throughout the month.
But some local residents are growing increasingly frustrated with the lengthy construction and the impact it is having on their day-to-day routines.
Rita Brogan, 75, described the situation as “horrendous”, particularly during the morning and evening rush hour, and said it is starting to affect her health.
She is so concerned that she has written to Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West and Royton, to ask for his assistance in pursuing compensation for those affected.
Rita said: “For the last 26 weeks we’ve had men and equipment working in very close proximity to the homes located just off the main carriageway, including my own, from 7am to at least 6pm.
“The noise is unbearable, and the vibrations make the houses rattle. We’ve written to the company doing the work asking if they can put measures in place, like install triple glazing, to negate this.
“But nothing has come of it. We feel helpless, like we’ve hit a dead end. I’m still recovering from breast cancer and have a pacemaker, and the whole situation is causing a lot of stress.”
Oldham Council has warned residents and road users to expect “unavoidable disruption” during the decommissioning of the old Crossley Bridge, located north west of the San Rocco Restaurant.
Restrictions are currently in place on Broadway, including lane closures and possible overnight closures while work continues, and motorists are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys.
Responding to residents’ concerns, Mr McMahon said: “I understand the concerns of several constituents regarding the ongoing works and disruption on Broadway.
“The works being carried out are significant and as local people know taking place on one of the boroughs busiest roads.
“I raised this issue with the Highways Agency and the local council as soon as the work began, and I hope that all is done to minimise the impact of the work on commuters and local residents.
“If any residents have more concerns about the works on Broadway and you haven’t already contacted my office don’t hesitate to do so and we will look into what how we can help.
“I also know that local councillors in Chadderton Central have met with residents to work through the issues too.”
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