Withycombe roadworks could run into next week

PUBLISHED: 09:39 28 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:39 28 April 2016

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Motorists in Withycombe are facing continuing delays, due to roadworks which have run later than scheduled.

South West Water (SWW) has been working at the junction of Withycombe Village Road, Pound Lane, St Johns Road, and Bradham Lane, since March 7, with temporary traffic lights in place.

The work had been due to finish last Friday (April 22). Although Withycombe Village Road, Pound Lane and St Johns Road are now clear, temporary lights are still in place on Bradham Lane, and SWW has warned this may continue past this weekend.

A spokesperson said: “Since March 7, South West Water and partners have been upgrading more than 600m of water main in the Pound Lane, Bradham Lane and St John’s Road area of Exmouth to improve our service to local residents.

“The schedule of works was programmed for completion on April 22. Unfortunately, we have encountered some engineering challenges that have delayed this.

“These challenges include major discrepancies between the historic records of the pipes in the area and the actual situation underground, plus uncovering a pipe embedded in reinforced concreted that also houses high voltage electricity cables and gas mains.

“We are working hard to complete the work as quickly as possible. We hope to do this by the bank holiday weekend but it may take longer. In the meantime, we apologise for any inconvenience this delay may cause.”

Withycombe town and district councillor Steve Gazzard said the roadworks were ‘causing several problems’.

He said: “There have been numerous near misses there, because of the way the traffic is parked along Withycombe Village Road, and the lights have failed several times, which has made the problems even worse.

“Roadworks have to be done, and it always causes inconvenience, but perhaps they could have done it a bit better, because those four roads are the main artery up through Withycombe to St John’s.”

Town and district councillor Brian Bailey said: “I’ve spoken to my former colleagues on the taxis and they say two, three, four days a week there has been nobody working there.

“The current arrangement [with Bradham Lane only] has made it a lot better. The taxis said, before, they were waiting 15 minutes to get through.”

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