T-shirt celebrates surviving ongoing nightmare roadworks
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