TRADERS have hit out at road works they claims are killing their custom.
The works in Kirkgate and Westgate in Huddersfield town centre began in August last year and were due to end by mid-November.
However, after a break for Christmas, the workmen returned and digging started again in January.
John Ryan, managing partner of Ryan's Newsagents, claims the store in Kirkgate has suffered a massive loss. He said they have had up to 25% fewer customers.
"From the beginning the works have severely disrupted our trade and that of other shops as well," he said.
"I spend a lot of time at the Kirkgate store and on many occasions I have seen days go by with very little work being done.
"There has been a serious lack of consultation on the council's part.
"We pay high business rates but have been ignored when it comes to these works.
"One of the things that has infuriated me has been how the work has been managed. Jobs are started and then left while the workforce is moved elsewhere.
"It seems no job is seen through from beginning to end."
The works, which are part of the town centre pedestrianisation scheme, are now due to finish by the end of the month.
Adrian Woods opened Aromas coffee bar at the entrance to the Packhorse Centre in Kirkgate in December while the roadworks had stopped for Christmas.
At first trade was good but now he is making a loss of £500 a week.
"I think the council have managed this badly," he said. " I was doing really well but now I am struggling.
"I am just hoping the works are finished as soon as possible because we cannot continue like this for much longer."
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: "Work on the improvement scheme was due to finish in November but Kirklees Council and the other utility companies suspended all work over the whole of the Christmas period at the request of traders so as not to hinder Christmas shopping.
"Traders, including Mr Ryan, were consulted and have been kept informed throughout the scheme and were briefed again when work started again on January 10.
"There is also a highways representative present on the site at all times. He has visited all traders and is there to offer help and answer questions.
"The work is being carried out in sections with pavement repairs being done before the carriageway is finished.
"Work is going on in different areas to avoid disruption and the whole scheme will have finished by the end of this month."