MOTORISTS faced lengthy delays when contractors carried out “unauthorised works” on three roads being used as a diversion for separate roadworks.
A spokeswoman for Rotherham Borough Council said Virgin Media carried out works without permission on High Street, Firth Road and Brampton Road, in West Melton, on Tuesday, October 17.
The roads were being used as a diversion while Wentworth Road, Upper Haugh, is resurfaced — leading to traffic chaos.
Delays were also made worse by temporary traffic lights outside the Marquis pub on Stubbin Road, Upper Haugh, which are in place while emergency repairs are carried out following a series of gas leaks. The works are expected to last until October 25.
Carriageway repairs on Wentworth Road are expected to run until October 25.
Melton Green is expected to remain closed until October 28.
A spokesman for Virgin Media said: “Virgin Media is currently expanding its network in West Melton to bring faster, more reliable broadband speeds to more homes and businesses in the area.
“As we do so, we endeavour to minimise disruption to the local community and work with our contractors to ensure that work is carried out with professionalism and at the highest standard.
“We apologise to the local residents for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
Visit www.rotherham.roadworks.org for more information.