MOTORISTS will once again be left facing major delays as the latest scheme to replace ageing gas pipes in and around Chester is carried out.
Large traffic jams have been forming most mornings this week as workers carry out the necessary improvement scheme in Liverpool Road, one of the main routes into the city.
Commuters have faced delays of up to 40 minutes as they try to get into the city centre.
The multi-million pound scheme has caused a number of headaches for motorists and retailers, who have claimed their businesses were seriously affected by the works.
A number in Eastgate Street and Northgate Street, where gas pipes have now been replaced, even made calls for compensation, claiming they had lost thousands of pounds worth of business.
Until the end of the month sections of Liverpool Road, heading into Chester, will be reduced to one lane, causing rush hour traffic to back up to as far as the A41 in Backford, close to the Dale Army Barracks in Moston.
Jeanette Unsworth, regional spokeswoman for the National Grid, said once in the ground.the new 1.6km of eight and six inch diameter pipes on Liverpool Road are designed to last for at least 80 years.
She added: “Work has already been done to replace gas mains under the footpath up to Bates Drive but now we are having to work in the road itself from Bates Drive up to the army barracks.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this causes but our work is essential and will ensure that people will be able to continue to enjoy a safe and reliable gas supply. The work is expected to be complete by the end of this month.”