Seventh week of roadworks in Old Bath Road, TwyfordBy Jon Nurse
September 07, 2012
Drivers have faced more delays and diversions around Twyford after the closure of Old Bath Road dragged on into a seventh week.
Businesses and families voiced their frustration after works on the key route, which was scheduled to open last Friday, was extended by a further nine days as steelwork is altered on a severely corroded bridge.
Maintenance works on two bridges began in July and were scheduled to take three weeks.
However the closure will now remain in force until next Wednesday and works may continue under traffic light control until Thursday, September, September 27.
Village businesses have been blighted by relentless roadworks this summer and the Waggon & Horses pub on the closed road has seen its worst summer in memory.
After discovering the road wasn’t going to reopen last week, the pub’s Murdo MacSween said: “We’ve not been informed. We haven’t got a clue what’s going on.
“These extra days are really going to effect the business, especially when it’s September with the schools going back.
“In September we would usually see things get back to normal but now we won’t.
“The summer has been awful. It’s been the worst August we’ve ever had.”
Traffic from Charvil has had to take a diversion along the A4 and Wargrave Road to reach the village.
One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I don’t understand why it’s taking so long.
“It’s been weeks now and I often don’t see them doing much along there. It’s so annoying having to take the diversion route the whole way round to get to the shops.”
The road closure had three weeks added to its original schedule in July, when a high pressure water main was uncovered in a concrete surround, and a further delay was announced by the council last week.
A Wokingham Borough Council spokesman said: “An additional delay has been caused by the need to redesign some of the steelwork required for the severely corroded White Bridge.
“While the design could be carried out relatively quickly, the time for the fabricators to make and treat the steel sections was beyond our control.
“Unfortunately this resulted in a period on the site where no work could progress, but we were unable to reopen the road safely.”
Residents with queries or concerns can contact Wokingham Direct on (0118) 974 6000.