Temporary traffic lights ‘not needed’ at weekend, says frustrated motorist

PUBLISHED: 10:33 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:46 15 June 2017

Wales and West Utilities are doing roadworks in Hulham Road, Exmouth

Wales and West Utilities are doing roadworks in Hulham Road, Exmouth

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Motorists have expressed their concerns about traffic controls on a busy Exmouth road at weekends.

Wales and West Utilities is upgrading 1.3 kilometres of metal gas pipes and replacing them with new plastic ones in Hulham Road – similar works took place in the Exeter Road area of the town earlier this year.

While the £130,000 ‘essential’ work takes place, temporary traffic lights have been put in on the busy road which connects the A376 with the B3179 Woodbury Common road.

Motorists became concerned over the weekend when the lights were still in place despite no work being done.

Peter Heron, who said he was caught up in the traffic in Hulham Road, told the Journal: “This not only inconveniences motorists but causes delay and frustration to drivers who can clearly see there is absolutely no reason for the traffic controls.”

In response, Wales and West Utilities programme controller for Devon, Jim Lee, said: “Where possible, we take lights down when there is no work taking place or there is no obstruction to the highway.

“However, when we are filling in the holes we have dug and are resurfacing the road, we leave our traffic lights up to give the material time to set.

“We are working as quickly and safely as we can to complete this essential work, and barring any unforeseen circumstances, we expect to complete our work on Hulham Road on July 31.

“We know working on roads like these is not ideal, but 
it really is essential tokeep the gas flowing tohomes and businesses in 
the area and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future.

“We’ll be working hard to make sure that the work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible, whilst also keeping disruption to a minimum.”

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