Driv­ers angry over long gas work queues

De­lays likely un­til end of Novem­ber

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

GAS main re­place­ment work on a ma­jor route through Bucks has been crit­i­cised for the length of time it is tak­ing, and for the de­lays it is caus­ing.

Work has been car­ried out on the A413 be­tween Chal­font St Peter and Chal­font St Giles since the mid­dle of Au­gust.

Tem­po­rary traf­fic lights have been put in place while the work, be­ing done for Na­tional Grid, is com­pleted.

De­spite the work be­ing de­scribed on the county coun­cil’s web­site as be­ing ‘low im­pact’ with ‘de­lays un­likely’, driv­ers say they are hav­ing to wait in long rush-hour queues.

Ken Hansen, 65, di­rec­tor of Brit Pay in Church­field Road, Chal­font St Peter, said: “Ev­ery morn­ing there’s just a huge queue in both di­rec­tions in peak hours.

“So many peo­ple are get­ting stuck in it. One of the guys who works here gets the bus from Che­sham ev­ery day and is reg­u­larly late be­cause of it. It’s not his fault, it’s be­cause of the de­lays.”

The work be­gan on Mon­day, Au­gust 18, and is sched­uled to last un­til Fri­day, Novem­ber 28.

How­ever, Mr Hansen says that if work was be­ing con­tin­u­ously car­ried out, there would be no need for it to take so long.

He added: “When I drive past, which is ev­ery day, there ap­pears to be very lit­tle go­ing on.”

Oliver San­sum, who runs Oliver’s Op­ti­cians in Mar­ket Place, Chal­font St Peter, said: “It’s mess­ing up the staff get­ting here on time. It can be a night­mare.

“In the past, other road­works like this have def­i­nitely had an af­fect on trade, and this could as well. I hope it doesn’t.”

How­ever, in Chal­font St Giles, traders group chair­man Garry Brown said that he be­lieves the road­works could in­crease trade.

“It might en­cour­age peo­ple to shop lo­cally in­stead of driv­ing else­where,” he said.

A state­ment from Na­tional Grid said that the work needs to be car­ried out in or­der to pro­vide gas sup­plies.

It said: “We are car­ry­ing out es­sen­tial main­te­nance in the road to re­place old iron gas mains with more durable plas­tic pipes.

“This is to en­sure we con­tinue to pro­vide safe and re­li­able gas sup­plies to lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents.”

What do you think? Have you been af­fected by the work? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

James Phillips, who suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest 200 me­tres from the Reigate Half-marathon fin­ish line. Right, a hol­i­day pho­to­graph of a man who ‘truly lived life to the full’

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