Roadworks expected to cause major disruption to deliveries and commuters are now underway on a busy trading estate as traders keep a watchful eye for any issues.

The southbound lane of the main route through the Granby Industrial Estate in Chickerell closed on Monday, April 5. It will be closed for a month and is expected to finish on Friday, May 17.

Currently, the work is taking place between the junction to the Chickerell Link Road, and Albany Road. but is planned to go as far as Tecan Way.

The closed section is essentially one-way only.

Traders have been concerned that the works would interfere with customers, deliveries, and commuters, however, many say the disruption so far has been minimal.

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Mickey Jones, chief executive of DJ Property said: “I haven’t heard anyone complaining yet. So far so good, everyone seems pretty accepting of the situation.

“If they only closed the parts of the road that they need to and conduct it as quickly as possible we will all be fine with it.”

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Jason Seale, Company Director of Sharkys Fun Factory, says that so far it hasn’t caused any big issues. He said: “It has only just started, and it is not all closed yet, but traffic is still flowing at the moment.

“Roadworks have got to be done. We had a good warning, and it is about as organised as you can get. It does not seem to have an effect but as it gets closer it might.”

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A partner from Class Bodyworks, a mechanic and MOT business, was concerned that the works might delay people from MOT appointments but said they haven’t had any issues so far. She said: “It has been better than anticipated. I think it is going to be one of those things that you take day by day. It is a pain because we have to go the long way around to test the car and get parts, but it has not been too bad.”

Curtis McIntosh-Bowring, assistant manager at County Tyres Weymouth, has been commuting ten minutes earlier to make sure he can make it in. He said: "It has affected it slightly but it has got to be done at the end of the day.”

Dorset Echo: The closure is in red, diversion is in blueThe closure is in red, diversion is in blue (Image: Dorset Council)