Drivers angry over long gas work queues
Delays likely until end of November
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.
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