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Never ending roadworks spark angry outburst

PUBLISHED: 11:41 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:40 25 August 2010

DELAYS: Doreen Munson.

DELAYS: Doreen Munson.

DRIVERS have been left exasperated by constant road works around a town centre.

DIGGING: The roadworks have contributed to traffic delays and frustration.

DRIVERS have been left exasperated by constant road works around a town centre.

Commuters and residents who regularly drive past Sidcup police station have been hit by a second set of time-consuming road works within a week of each other.

Southern Gas roadworks have closed Station Road, which will be dug up over the next six months, following weeks of temporary traffic lights 100 metres away outside Morrisons supermarket.

Retired builder David Harding, 64, from Albany Park, said: "It's diabolical. Every time we leave the house we are faced with roads blocked off.

"Driving in Sidcup is like fighting a constant battle from behind the wheel. I swear the stress will get to me one day."

The father-of-two, who drives into Sidcup some four times a week, added: "I don't think its being done for our benefit.

"They put that stupid roundabout outside Morrisons and all it's done is made life easier for its customers while everyone else sits and waits."

Last week Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced a 'code of conduct' between certain utility companies to reduce roads being unnecessarily being dug up.

Thames Water agreed to use metal pontoon covers to place over trenches when not in use.

However, Southern Gas, which is digging up Station Road leaving one lane closed 24 hours a day, did not number among the utility companies signing up to the charter.

Doreen Munson, 68, of Ladbrooke Crescent, Albany Park, said: "It's a pity they can't coordinate things better and have the works happen together.

"First they were digging up outside Morrisons, now they're doing Station Road.

"I don't want to find that Station Road is being dug up again by another company a year down the line. There seems to be a disproportionate number of road works around here."

A spokesman for Southern Gas Network said: "We are totally committed to minimising disruption, but we were not invited to Mr Johnson's meeting. I cannot say whether we would have signed up.

"We cannot use the pontoon covers because they could risk a gas build up."

Amy Drozario, 90, of Hurst Road, Sidcup, told the Times: "The road works don't bother me at all. They're doing it for our own good.

"It causes a little delay but I appreciate it. You want to drive around on a good road, don't you?"

l The Station Road digging will continue down to a large gas mains by Hatherley Crescent. Next Spring work will start again outside Marlow House and continue down to Burnt Oak Lane.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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