EMERGENCY work to repair a collapsed sewer has caused major disruption in Chester city centre.
Repairs began on Eastgate Street, underneath the Eastgate clock, on Tuesday and are expected to last until Friday, August 7.
All traffic is being diverted along a signposted route and the one-way traffic restriction on St John Street has been suspended for the duration of the roadworks.
The diversion has enabled businesses to continue to receive deliveries but they have still been inconvenienced.
Alberto Capello, who works in La Bella Leather, said: “It’s far too loud out there and it’s absolutely ridiculous.
“We are taking less money than we usually do, and it’s affecting people – they just walk straight past our store because of the noise. If our door is left open, customers are put off from staying, and if it’s closed people just don’t enter.”
Mike O’Donnell, of Bank Gallery Antiques and Fine Art, said: “It’s quite difficult for us, especially when the jackhammer starts going and is really noisy.
“There’s nothing we can do about it, unfortunately, but it does affect our business. Hopefully they can get it sorted very quickly.”
Mrs Evans, of gift shop Octopus, on Eastgate Street, said: “The drilling has been very noisy.
“There have been slightly fewer customers than normal in today, but that could have been because of the poor weather. The pedestrian congestion means regulars know where we are, but tourists don’t.”
Martin Williams from Welsh Water said: “We will ensure this work is carried out as quickly as possible, with minimum disruption to the public.
“There will be no impact on water and sewage services to residents or businesses in the area while this work takes place.
“We carried out a CCTV survey to determine the location of the collapse and are currently investigating to establish the cause. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”