A52 roadworks causing house buying ‘regret’ in Nottinghamshire village
Residents have expressed frustration with life on the A52 in Radcliffe-on-Trent, with some saying they regret moving to the roadworks-plagued area. People living along the Grantham Road section of the main road are currently experiencing ongoing works at its junction with Bingham Road.
As part of the plans, Highways England is widening the approaches to the junction by installing traffic lights. It is part of wider work on the A52 in the area over the past year, with improvements also being made to the Nottingham Road and Cropwell Road junctions.
One resident, Barry Trussler, said he and his family often had “no chance” of getting out of their car on the road. The 57-year-old said he waited up to 10 minutes for a motorist to let him out.
Read more: Frustration in Nottinghamshire village used as a ‘rat race’ due to A52 roadworks
“I understand they have to work, but the flow of traffic is constant, especially at peak times,” he told Nottinghamshire Live. “It’s always been a challenge living on the road, but not as hard as it is now. We rely on people to let us out.” He said there should “absolutely” be a workaround.
John Mistry, owner of the Mace Woodside store on the road, said the work was a “waste of time”. “They say it will improve the crossroads but I don’t see it. It’s not worth it causing people here,” he said.
A resident said the road had problems with speeding and roadworks that had been going on “for months and months”. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous as she intended to sell her house one day, said she regretted moving in two years ago.
“We bought it during the lockdown,” she said. “So we had no idea how bad it could get. I regret buying it, absolutely 100 percent.” The woman added that the road “did not have the capacity” for traffic, which includes dozens of trucks per hour, and also suggested a bypass be built.
Another woman who lives down the road, Michelle Ison, is trying to sell her house but said its proximity to the A52 “puts off” potential buyers. However, she said the road “doesn’t bother me at all”.
The 67-year-old said: “It bothers people who don’t live here saying ‘it must be awful’. But you get used to it. In the back you don’t even notice it, it can be quite comforting to know that there is life around you.”