Ringley Bridge work is 'too slow', say angry neighbours
ANGRY neighbours are calling for more to be done to speed up work on Ringley Bridge.
Steve Pythian, who lives in Scott Street, near the bridge, said he feels the time allotted for the job has been over-estimated, and that it could be finished sooner.
But Bolton Council chiefs insist they are happy with the progress of the work.
Ringley Bridge has been closed since mid-July for extensive maintenance to the crucial trunk road over the River Irwell, and is due to open on December 22.
Mr Pythian, a 56-year-old mobile mechanic, said: “Because of the nature of my job I regularly pass the work site and I only ever see two, or three, people on the site, and over the weekend there is no-one there.
“It amazes me.
“I think the timescale has been over-estimated.
“I was told every effort would be made to minimise disruption.
“When I have to add £35 to £40 a week extra on my fuel bill because of this, it’s extremely frustrating to drive past at 5pm and see the workers heading home.
“I feel like the residents have been treated like fools.”
Council bosses say the number of staff on the site at any one time has been appropriate to the type of work they have been doing.
A spokesman added: “We are still on schedule to re-open the bridge, and can assure members of the public that we are working hard to get the job done.
“We are aware of residents’ concerns and, despite assumptions that not much progress has been made, we are happy with the work completed so far.
“Much of the work is carried out under the bridge, out of sight, and we will continue to operate night time working where appropriate.
“Many of the tasks have to be carried out in a certain order, so deploying more workers to the site would not speed things up.
“We are doing all we can to complete the project as soon as possible.”
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