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Anger over "part-time" roadworks
WATER company contractors are causing needless weeks of disruption in Bulford because they are only working part-time, it has been claimed.
Bridget Channing-Williams, who lives in Salisbury Road, Bulford, said it regularly has taken her 15 minutes to travel 100 yards since contractors started digging up the road to bury a water main.
She said: “They are now at Bulford crossroads and have four-way traffic lights. But for two or three days a week the workmen are not there. They are only working half the time, but the disruption is going on all the time. “It was supposed to last ten weeks, but they started at the beginning of August and I think in ten weeks they must have laid 150 yards. “It is diabolical on Friday rush-hour when the A303 is full and cars come off it and use the village as a rat run. If they had worked every day they could have done the work in four weeks.”
Mrs Channing-Williams, 72, said going to the supermarket near Amesbury is an ordeal that can involve a substantial detour in order to miss the road disruption. And people living at the crossroads had problems getting out of their properties because of the ditches being dug, she added.
The work is being conducted for Wessex Water. A spokesman for Wessex Water said: “We are working as quickly as possible to renew water mains below Salisbury Road to reduce the likelihood of bursts and ensure customers have a reliable supply.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this essential work is causing. To reduce the impact on motorists we are manually controlling the lights during peak times. “Due to the nature of this type of work not all of the activity is within view of the road. “Before we put the main in service it is essential that it is tested and chlorinated, and this means there may not be a presence on site for a short time.”
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