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Roadworks in Hylton Road drag on, and on
ROADWORKS causing misery to drivers in a busy Worcester road are STILL dragging on - with the National Grid now admitting it has no idea when it will finish.
Workers digging under the ground to locate the gas mains in Hylton Road say they are having problems finding all the pipes.
Despite sending workmen under the ground with cameras, it says due to the “complications” it cannot say when the project will come to an end.
National Grid said last Friday that it was hoping to be gone over the weekend, but now it is refusing to reveal any new targets.
Jeanette Unsworth, from the National Grid, said: “We’ve got to connect the old mains to the new one and we’re having problems locating it.
“We’ve been using cameras down there, but the work is very complicated and although we are aiming to get it finished as quickly as possible, we can’t say when it will be complete.
“We are aware of the problems it is causing and do apologise to people.”
The delays have been criticised by community leaders, who say Hylton Road must be Worcestershire’s most dug-up road.
Councillor Simon Geraghty, who represents the area on the city and county councils, said: “I feel people’s frustration because I use it every day and get stuck in it.
“This must be the most dug-up road in Worcester, if not Worcestershire and we’ve had to endure a lot of disruption.
“Hopefully when it’s done we can finally look forward to a period when Hylton road isn’t being dug up.”
National Grid say the work will see a completely new gas mains constructed, which will last at least 80 years.
It has been working down the route for several months, but it was only last week when the traffic lights were set-up.
Some drivers say it can take around 15 minutes to get through all the tailbacks during rush hour, which often stretch back towards Hallow for motorists trying to reach the city centre.
In the other direction queues heading out of the city have dragged back to Tybridge Street.
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