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Weybridge: On the road to end of traffic chaos at last with Morrisons’ works set to finish by November by
MOST of the work has now been completed at the new Morrisons site in Weybridge despite all the hold-ups which have caused traffic problems in the area. Two-way traffic lights remained at the Monument Hill site into this week. Work has been ongoing since the end of last year to build the town's new supermarket. Setbacks were due to issues with underground BT infrastructure, which needed to be rebuilt and extended. This meant Morrisons' contractors were delayed for weeks while the issue was fixed. The road reopened again on Tuesday, with two-way traffic restored. According to a Morrisons spokesman there will be some additional work to ‘finalise aspects of the overall highways improvements'.
Half-day closures may be put in place up until the end of October as remaining aspects, such as crossings, are put in place. Old Palace Road resident Cherie Hughes said the delays had caused problems throughout the town. “I have been unable to get out of the end of Thames Street before because of the traffic queuing, and people don't want to let you in,” she said. “I try to avoid the road as much as possible. “The roundabout is complete and and having the lights there gives an advantage of being able to stop the traffic but I don't think that's what it's designed for. The amount of chaos it causes is awful. “I'm not anti Morrisons, I'm quite looking forward to having another supermarket in the town. But the traffic issues that are caused are awful. I was looking forward to it finishing at the end of August. “We received a letter from BT to say there had been an error but there was no mention of it over -running into September.” Philip Moir, from the Dry Cleaning Centre in York Road said he had noticed a lot of people had changed their routines because of the roadworks. He said: “It must be detrimental to people shopping in Queens Road and the high street.
“It's all about convenience and if local shops are not convenient or if the convenience is hindered then people won't use them.” A spokesman for Morrisons said: “The update is that during the construction period of the highways work on Monument Hill, BT discovered that an element of their underground infrastructure needed to be extended and rebuilt, which unfortunately delayed the programme of works by some weeks. “Fortunately, this is now behind us, and work to complete the roads progresses well.” He hoped all other highways work will be completed by the end of October. The store is due to open by Christmas.