An independent furniture retailer in Rugby has voiced his frustration over the closure of a major road in the town.

Anthony Cole from The Furniture Gallery told The Rugby Observer that roadworks on the A4071 Coventry Road in Cawston have cost him thousands of pounds in lost revenue.

Since work began on August 15, Anthony says he has seen his usually thriving business reduced to a ‘ghost town’.

He said: “It’s going to cost us around £40-50,000 of business – assuming the work only takes four weeks and doesn’t go over schedule.

“We normally get around 20 people through the door each day during the week, and around 30 at the weekend. But this week we’ve probably only had about four cars come down the drive.

“From what I can see, there’s only around four people actually working on the road, and they’re gone by about 3.30pm. You’d have thought they would have a bugger team to get it completed more quickly, considering its main artery into Rugby.”

Despite being told work would only take place between 8am and 5pm Monday-Friday, Anthony claims the road has remained closed 24 hours a day seven days a week, with work scheduled to continue until September 16 at the earliest.

When contacted, Warwickshire County Council responded: “The road is impassable to traffic due to the extensive nature of the repairs.

“The works have been scheduled for the summer holidays to minimise disruption, and diversion routes are signposted.”