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Frustration as gas works continue to cause long delays across town

PUBLISHED: 10:37 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 26 July 2018

Traffic on Bridge Road in Oulton Broad as gas works are carried out. Picture: Amy Smith.

Traffic on Bridge Road in Oulton Broad as gas works are carried out. Picture: Amy Smith.

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A council leader has said he is "disappointed" gas works are being carried out in Oulton Broad during the summer holidays when the area is at its busiest.

Mark Bee, leader of Waveney District Council. Picture: Suffolk County Council.Mark Bee, leader of Waveney District Council. Picture: Suffolk County Council.

Work to connect properties to the gas network in Bridge Road has been causing long delays for drivers since it got under way on Monday.

With temporary traffic lights in place on both sides of the road between the roundabout at the Wherry Hotel and the Shell petrol station, traffic is limited to one lane.

This has caused long delays for drivers, particularly in the morning and evening rush-hour period, and has also had a knock-on effect in Lowestoft town centre with motorists choosing to travel over the Bascule Bridge instead.

Mark Bee, leader of Waveney District Council, said: “While we understand that work to connect properties is unavoidable and the nature and location of the network will always lead to some disruption, it is very disappointing that this work is taking place at the start of the school summer holidays as people flock to our fantastic broads and attractions in Oulton Broad and beyond.

“This disruption affects local businesses and we will be expecting those undertaking the work to conclude it as quickly as possible.”

The work is being carried out by Cadent to ensure properties can access energy from their chosen gas supplier.

A Cadent spokesman said: “We are currently carrying out work to connect local properties to the gas network on the A1117 Bridge Road. This work will help provide more people with access to safe and reliable gas supplies for cooking and heating.

“To enable the work to be carried out safely and efficiently we are using two-way traffic lights.

“The work started on Monday, July 23, and is due to be completed on Friday, July 27, and we’re doing all we can to deliver the work as promptly as possible and with minimal disruption.”

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