Roadwork woe for traders

PUBLISHED: 11:47 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:56 25 August 2010


A GAS company has come under fire for not doing enough to reduce the damaging effect of roadwork congestion on traders.

Scotia has been criticised for not putting more resources into a £270,000 project to replace gas piping in Greenwich town centre.

Just two weeks after the Times highlighted a scene of diggers lying dormant alongside trenches in Station Road, Sidcup, the same accusations have surfaced in Greenwich.

Bexley council bosses were so anxious at complaints made by drivers in Sidcup they had to meet project chiefs to demand answers.

Now traders are demanding action to be taken in Greenwich.

Rebecca Toogood, co-owner of traditional games store Compendia, based in Greenwich Market, said: "The town centre is normally bad for congestion but it is much worse now, to the point where traffic is frequently at a standstill. It's bad for business.

"There doesn't seem to be any joined up planning or coordination - it goes from one set of engineers digging up the road to another."

The work will be staggered in three phases, the first taking 12 weeks in Greenwich Church Street, along Nelson Road past the junction between Romney Road and King William Walk.

Phase two will last nine weeks from September 24, with trenches laid along Romney Road and the bus lane closed.

The last month-long phase, from November 26, will see work further along Trafalgar Road requiring Maze Hill to be closed.

A spokesman for Scotia said: "We are trying to replace the gas piping as quickly and safely as possible to provide a modern and safe service.

"Diggers are being used but the method of live insertion used to replace old piping means fewer trenches are necessary.

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