Tailbacks as gas works start

Roadworks on Southgate Green, Bury, resulting in long queues at rush hour.
Roadworks on Southgate Green, Bury, resulting in long queues at rush hour.
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Motorists have hit out at ‘unbelievable’ tailbacks which could last three weeks as work gets underway to restore ageing gas mains.

The National Grid is replacing 25 metres of iron mains, in Rougham Road, Bury St Edmunds, with longer lasting plastic pipes and have installed a two way traffic lights system.

However, the project has led to delays for motorists with major tailbacks.

Among those affected was Peter Rendell, of Hardwick Park Gardens, who was caught in the snarl up twice on Tuesday. He said: “I felt almost cut off because the traffic was unbelievable. I think I had been waiting for 20 minutes and moved 100 metres.”

A spokesman for National Grid said the traffic lights will operate daily from 7.30am and 7.30pm on the A134 outside Bury GardenCentre to ‘allow engineers to safely connect new gas mains to the existing system’. He added: “This will support our aim of keeping any possible disruption to residents, businesses and motorists to an absolute minimum.”

The work is due to end on April 23.