A PUB landlord is a major hit on social media with his tongue-in-cheek video about nuisance roadworks causing rush-hour chaos outside his business.

Roadworks are taking place at the junction of Swanlow Lane and Townsfield Road, near The Old Star pub as part of a new housing development in neighbouring Gladstone Street being undertaken by MV Kelly Homes.

Ernie Welch posted the video online on May 5, in which he light-heartedly expresses his frustration, and the video has attracted more than 13,000 views.

In the TV news-style video, Ernie said: “These roadworks were planned to take just six weeks to complete and now it moves into its sixth glorious month.”

The original timescale of the job, to widen the road approaching traffic lights in the direction of Crewe and a 50-metre filter lane, was scheduled to last for six weeks in late October 2017. At present, the work remains unfinished.

As well as allegations of no workmen seen for long periods, the temporary lights are causing queuing traffic and chaos during the rush hour.

Despite the sarcastically playful approach of the pub landlord, an underlying frustration about the situation is evident in comments on the video by residents expressing their outrage at the situation.

In the video, Ernie said: “Motorists can take in the local architecture by giving them a chance to stop and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the southern end of town.

“Of course, the locals have been taking alternative routes, which gives them the chance to test their suspension on the pothole-strewn roads of Winsford.”

A spokesman at Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “The works on site are programmed to be completed by the end of this week, and the permanent traffic signals are programmed to be switched on on May 16.”

To find out about ongoing roadworks in your area, go to cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/transport-and-roads/roads-and-roadworks/live-roadworks.aspx