Drivers’ roadworks misery

Roadworks on Town Bridge, Wisbech
Roadworks on Town Bridge, Wisbech

Once again roadworks are causing delays for drivers in Wisbech.

The Town Bridge closure is causing tailbacks on South Brink, Nene Quay and at Freedom Bridge roundabout with knock-on effects elsewhere.

And this was coupled with additional roadworks on Harecroft and Leverington Roads that has now been completed.

Melanie Atwell, from Wisbech St Mary, said it took her 45 minutes to travel less than three miles from Leverington Primary Academy to North End in Wisbech.

She questioned why the work on Town Bridge was only being carried out during the week.

“How can they be allowed to cause chaos, closing Wisbech off to everybody without a care for how much inconvenience it’s causing people?” she said. “I understand they’ve got to do the work but they’re shutting the bridge for 12 weeks. That could be cut down considerably if they worked at weekends.”

But the decision was defended by Cambridgeshire County Council whose spokesman said that last time work was carried out on the flood defences, there were complaints from local hotels and residents about the noise.

“The work is noisy and very disruptive and some of the work involves the contractors working under the bridge, so they cannot work around the clock.

“The bridge closure is unfortunately necessary but we apologise for the disruption.”

Work was also taking place on Harecroft Road as National Grid carried out the final phase of a gas mains replacement project.

Temporary traffic lights were installed at the junction of Leverington Road and Harecroft Road over the weekend of March 8 and 9 but they removed by Monday.

Local resident Mrs Hollis contacted the Citizen to say it was chaos at the junction with three way traffic fighting their way through. She said she had three near misses as people refused to give way.

A National Grid spokesperson said: “Safety is very important to us. The bulk of the work was completed over the weekend; however, there was some remaining work, which having assessed it, we believed could be completed on Monday without the need for temporary traffic lights. This would avoid long tailbacks at this major junction during the busy weekdays.

“We apologise if our works have caused any difficulties to motorists or the local community.

“The work was finished on Tuesday morning. This left an excavation, which was close to the kerb and allowed vehicles to use all the lanes. Reinstatement of the hole was carried out on Wednesday.”