Shop owners expect to lose business when busy Dundee street closes

Shops in a busy Broughty Ferry street are expecting to lose business when it is closed later this month.

Gray Street level crossing (stock image)

Gray Street, which has a level crossing for the main Dundee to Aberdeen railway, is to close overnight from Queen Street to Brook Street for Network Rail inspections.

The closure will be from 10pm until 6am, Tuesday-Thursday, October 23-25.

However, it will then be closed from Friday October 26 for five working days to enable SSE Telecom work to be carried out although it will be open on the Saturday and Sunday to minimise disruption.

The closure will allow engineers to complete duct cabling work as part of installing two new high voltage underground cables in Queen Street.

There will be temporary traffic management systems and diversions in place while the work is carried out.

Richard Henderson, one of the owners of jewellery store Matthew M Henderson, said the closure will affect them and complained there had been roadworks in the area recently.

He said: “We have just had the railway station done, as well as the car park, which hasn’t really helped us at all as people can’t get parked.”

Nicki McWilliam, manager of Iced Gems on Gray Street, said: “It will totally affect us. I would expect turnover to be down by 20% or more.”

Khalid Farooq, manager of 7 Day News on Brook Street, said: “We will lose a lot of business because people can’t park. Most of our customers park directly outside.”

Melanie Coleman, owner of Clementine of Broughty Ferry, said: “The closure could have a serious impact on my business because people often park on the street and just pop in to get what they need.”

A spokeswoman for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks said: “We would like to thank the local community for their patience as we carry out essential work as part of a customer connections project for Dundee City Council.

“We will seek every practical step to minimise disruption and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.”

Councillor Craig Duncan pointed out that the street was one of the only level crossings which allowed people to get from the north of the railway line to the south.

He said: “It will certainly be an inconvenience because of that.”