T-shirt cel­e­brates sur­viv­ing on­go­ing night­mare road­works

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AN Ot­ter­shaw res­i­dent has been so an­noyed by the A320 road­works that she’s printed up a t-shirt cel­e­brat­ing “sur­viv­ing the on­go­ing and long night­mare”.

Sara Perkins, from Ot­ter­shaw, tweeted a pic­ture of her­self, on Mon­day (Au­gust 14), wear­ing a shirt bear­ing the words “I sur­vived the Ot­ter­shaw road­works 2017”.

She said: “Might get a load of these printed. They’d do well. Maybe any pro­ceeds could go to char­ity.”

They prob­a­bly would do well. Mo­torists have been driven mad by the road­works to re­place age­ing wa­ter mains un­der the A320 since work started in April 2017.

Ms Perkins said: “It has been an on­go­ing and long night­mare for Ot­ter­shaw res­i­dents and for any­one try­ing to nav­i­gate their way to or from the M25.

“The lights of the round­about have meant sig­nif­i­cant wait times for driv­ers and also a few near misses when peo­ple im­pa­tient.

“For res­i­dents, the im­pact on the vil­lage has been huge. In­creased traf­fic through Brox Road has left some peo­ple ef­fec­tively feel­ing trapped. have grown

“When we first con­tacted the coun­cil, we had a mixed re­sponse and I printed the tshirt to try and in­ject a bit of hu­mour into the sit­u­a­tion, but also with the idea that we could po­ten­tially raise some funds for a lo­cal char­ity to try and al­le­vi­ate some of the trauma.”

Be­fore the works, burst wa­ter mains had caused chaos on the A320, with cars fall­ing into holes cre­ated by burst pipes and nearby houses flooded.

A spokesper­son for Affin­ity Wa­ter, which is car­ry­ing out the work, said: “We are sorry for de­lays peo­ple may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing as a re­sult of the A320 mains re­place­ment works. This phase of work is lay­ing 1.3km of new mains from the Brox Road junc­tion to the Ot­ter­shaw round­about. Tem­po­rary four way traf­fic lights are in place to en­sure the safety of mo­torists and our tech­ni­cians. We are aim­ing to com­plete this par­tic­u­lar sec­tion [by September].

“We would like to thank our cus­tomers and com­muters for their pa­tience whilst we work to im­prove the net­work in the area.”

The mains re­place­ment works are sched­uled to con­tinue un­til Oc­to­ber.

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Sara Perkin­sposes with the t-shirt she had printed

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