Sewer pipe work in Gloucester means one way misery for motorists
ROADWORKS are hitting the northern edge of Gloucester hard – but residents and businesses accept the work must be done.
Because Severn Trent Water is digging up Tewkesbury Road to put a new sewer pipe in, it's only open one-way to traffic, heading into Gloucester.
It means motorists coming from Estcourt Road, Kingsholm Road and St Oswald's Road who want to head to the A40 Northern Bypass must weave their way through Longlevens and Longford, or head to the Over roundabout.
Steward of the Gala Club in Fairmile Gardens, Neil Hiley, said it has hit trade too.
"It's having an effect, without a doubt," he said. "We have had people come here for meetings and events who have been late and one person in here said the price of his taxi had gone up from about £5 to £15 because of the extra mileage.
"When Gloucester Rugby were at home on Saturday, we were quieter than usual. It's difficult – the work has got to be done."
Gambier Parry Gardens resident Tony Davis agreed.
"It is affecting us but we have to put up with it," he said. "We organise a coach to take Aston Villa fans up to the matches and for now we will have to meet up at the Queen's Head at Longford."
The work started on September 2 and could run until November 22. Traffic lights were ruled out.
Phil Cameron, county council traffic manager, said: "We've worked closely with Severn Trent and Stagecoach to try and minimise the impact of these essential works.
"After reviewing traffic flows in the area, our team discussed road management options with Severn Trent to allow them to carry out the sewer repairs. The first was to fully close the road, but after investigation works by Severn Trent is was agreed that a one-way traffic flow could be maintained. It was also agreed that temporary traffic signals would not be used as they would only add to any delay for road users."
A Severn Trent Water spokeswoman said it is doing all it can to minimise disruption.
"We'd like to thank the local community for its ongoing patience while we work to install a new sewer system which will serve new homes in Longford," she said.
"On the Tewkesbury Road, we are making good progress and a one-way system is in place until mid-November to allow traffic to continue to flow into the city.
"As work is completed, we're making access easier to homes on the road by allowing traffic to travel in both directions where we're able to do so, which we know will benefit homes in the area."
She added: "We'll keep the local community up-to-date with our progress and we'd like to apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing."