Huddersfield is grinding to a halt.
Wherever motorists turn, it seems, there is a growing plethora of yellow fences indicating work being carried out by one utility company or another – from Lindley to Moldgreen.
In and around the town centre motorists need no reminding of the huge disruption of an evening around the A629 Wakefield Road in the Southgate/Aspley area – the only consolation being that permission for the resurfacing work has only being given for it to be carried out at night.
The good news is that Kirklees Council says that the work which started last month is due to finish on November 2.
And just out of town at the key junction on Willow Lane, Birkby, hundreds of motorists every day have got used to queueing for several minutes since mid-September at the traffic control with multi-way signals as Northern Gas Networks replace ageing metal gas mains.
The work is due to finish on November 15.
A key route in and out of the town, the A62 Manchester Road at Longroyd Bridge has also been snarled up since May with commuters having to navigate a lane closure as Northern Gas carry out essential gas repairs. Fortunately the roadworks are due to end on October 30.
And Town fans will be glad to see the end of traffic lights and lane closure on St Andrew’s Road, near the John Smith’s Stadium, with Northern Gas set to wind up its repair operation on Monday.
But there’s still the Northern Gas essential repairs near the McDonald’s on Leeds Road which means multi-way signals with it being rated as “delays likely”.
Kirklees councillor Bernard McGuin, (Con, Almondbury) said: “Wakefield Road really suffered along the stretch from Tolson to Waterloo. This started around April 2016. It’s still on going.
“Living in Marsh you can’t fail to be held up by works on Trinity Street. Try diverting down Blacker Road and the four way traffic lights at the junction of St. John’s Street is horrific.
“Problem is everyone is trying to find a rat run. Tempers are getting frayed, it has just gone on too long.”
World-renowned eye consultant Antonio Aguirre, who works for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, said he had found the last few weeks “very frustrating” as he spent a long time stuck on the A640 travelling from Marsh into the town centre past Greenhead Park.
He said: “I like to squeeze a week into every day and obviously I have a very busy schedule so ideally I would have liked to see roadworks carried out between 2am-5am in the morning but I guess that’s not likely.
“Even on a Sunday when I was going down to St Patrick’s for my church service I had to deal with the traffic lights and queues.”