Bet­ter fu­ture in store?

Wey­bridge: On the road to end of traf­fic chaos at last with Mor­risons’ works set to fin­ish by Novem­ber by

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS - Char­lotte Tal­bot

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.

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