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PUBLISHED: 13:26 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:52 25 August 2010

HELLO? Is anyone there?

HELLO? Is anyone there?

WORK on a major road in the borough appears to have been abandoned for days while drivers fume in traffic jams caused by diversions.

WORK on a major road in the borough appears to have been abandoned for days while drivers fume in traffic jams caused by diversions.

More than 10 trenches have been dug up on Station Road, Sidcup, by Scotia Gas networks as part of a £1.1 million overhaul.

Southbound traffic is being diverted along the High Street and a one-way northbound carriage has been kept open, causing delays until the project's expected completion in October.

But since last Friday several diggers have been parked and boarded up along the 700m closure and just two labourers have been spotted working at the Alma Road junction where the diversion begins.

A workman told the Times that others were carrying out work off site.

Jim Brooks, 65, from Sidcup said: "This is terrible, they never seem to be working here.

"I was along Station Road yesterday and it was exactly the same, where have they gone? The road works are still in place but the diggers haven't even moved."

Roy Dixon, 80, of Old Farm Avenue, Sidcup, said: "I'm not very happy. You never know how bad the tailbacks are going to be so you face doing a long diversion or risk getting stuck in traffic."

Scotia's spokesman said: "Workers have been moved onto residential flats to connect them in staggered phases.

"Just because you can't see men working in the trenches doesn't mean they are not working elsewhere."

When asked why the work in Station Road could not be completed in one go to minimise delays he said: "The work we are doing in Station Road has been approved after careful consultation with the local authority.

"They are aware of the time scale of the project. It will enable us to provide a better gas supply for the future."

Side roads closed are: Stanhope Road, Victoria Road, Sandhurst Road, Crescent Road, Manor Road and Alma Road.

Scotia have assured access to and from Christchurch Road, from Station Road during works.

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