Traffic chaos continues in March town centre thanks to Broad Street closure - but it could be over in a day or so
Traffic chaos continued in March town centre today as emergency repairs were carried out on a gas main.
Broad Street was closed to traffic late yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), just as rush hour was beginning, resulting in the town becoming gridlocked and is remains closed now, causingn further disruption.
Like last night congestion is backed up on every road in and out of the town as well as delays along the A141 March by-pass.
The situation has not been helped by the lack of signage with drivers only finding there was no access going south towards the Town Bridge when arriving at the Broad Street junction. This meant motorists being forced to turn around and find an alternative way to get across town.
Many residents have complained about the length of time the usually short journey has been taking.
But Cadent, the gas company brought in to carry out the repairs, has urged people to be patient and said the hope was to have the work completed within a couple of days.
A spokesman, for the company, which looks after the county's gas network, said the original intention had been to keep the road open, but after tests and checks to find the leak it was decided it would be safer to close the Gregg's side of Broad Street.
He explained workmen had found a number of small leaks on the gas main that runs underneath the road surface, but offered re-assurance that gas levels were low and there was no risk of explosion.
Until yesterday (Wednesday) Cadent were able to maintain a safe distance between their workers and passing traffic, but it then became necessary to go further into the road, making it unsafe for work to continue with vehicles passing.
The spokesman hoped residents would understand the closure was essential to ensure everyone's safety. Cadent teams have carried out tests today on the main to confirm that everything is in safe order and teams are on standby ready to re-instate the road, so it can re-open as soon as the leaks are fixed.