Chaotic: Drivers face tailbacks

DRIVERS trying to negotiate their way round Wisbech have once again been facing traffic chaos as road works hit many of the main routes into town.

And on Monday two businessmen were forced to turn traffic controllers for over two-and-a-half hours as a set of three-way traffic lights failed causing a major jam stretching back from the Old Market Place to past Gorefield.

Geoff Kirk, of Kirk Heating and Edward Key of Walkers Outdoor Leisure, stepped in to help keep traffic flowing safely outside their businesses on the Old Market Place after the three-way control failed during the peak of the morning rush hour.

“It is absolute chaos. Traffic is backed up past Gorefield. We reported it to the police, and the council and we have also called Anglian Water who are carrying out the work - but no one seemed particularly concerned,” explained Edward as he stood with Geoff waving the traffic through.

The traffic lights and ensuing chaos also caused major problems for nearby L and H Fruits as it was forced to re-direct lorries set to make drop-offs and collections of the fresh produce.

Sue Drake, of L and H Fruits, said it had caused them major problems and she was angry at the delay in getting the situation sorted out.

Meanwhile the traffic lights at Weasenham Lane are leaving drivers with up to a 10 minute wait to get into and out of town along Cromwell Road.

The diversion around Nene Quay, which is closed in one direction while work is carried out on the river flood defences, is also adding to drivers’ woes.