Traders' woe over gas roadworks in Duffield

Shopkeepers in a Derbyshire town say their businesses are struggling because of roadworks.

The A6 through Duffield was closed on 5 July for several weeks while gas mains are replaced.

Some traders have said their takings are down by more than 50% because of the closure.

The National Grid has said firms will be able to apply for compensation packages after the work has been completed.

Phil Groby, who runs a barber shop on Town Street, said: "The road signs are very misleading. You come down from Derby and it's telling you the A6 through Duffield's closed - it's giving the impression that Duffield's a no-go zone."

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David Luc, who runs a Chinese takeaway on the road, said: "It's already affected our business. A lot of people think its awkward to get here, so they'd rather go somewhere else.

"It's over 50% down. I won't last long, when the next quarter's rent comes up, I'm in trouble."

Stephanie Van Rosser, from the National Grid, said the road was expected to reopen in the next two weeks.

She said: "At the beginning, we made it clear through road signs and the local media that businesses are open as usual.

"We have to replace the gas pipes, it's part of a national programme and we try to do this in the best way possible and take into consideration the businesses."

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