SOCIAL media rumours that roadworks to improve a dangerous junction off a new housing estate have been delayed because engineers laid the wrong cabling have been denied.

Remaining completed homes in Yew Tree Hill in Droitwich cannot be occupied by law until work to improve the A38 crossroad with Pulley Lane and Copcut Lane has been completed.

Estate co-developers Redrow has denied Openreach are having to pull up incorrect cabling and re-install it, which has delayed the full re-opening of the roads.

While many new homeowners are still in limbo over when they can move in to homes they’ve already bought.

Frustrated motorists breathed a sigh of relief earlier this month when the county council’s highways department announced traffic lights and a lane closure in Copcut Lane, in place since April, were being lifted.

But three days later it was announced the measures would be back in place.

At the time a Redrow spokesman said part of the works, also overseen by co-developers Persimmon, had been granted an additional temporary light licence by the council council “in order to complete an essential part of the scheme”.

A Persimmon Homes South Midlands spokesman confirmed yesterday recent weather conditions have led to a “minor delay” on Copcut Lane but it is hoped it will be fully opened “ahead of the busy Christmas period”.

Droitwich county and district councillor Richard Morris said the traffic since measures were reinstalled “in some ways has been worse”, adding he was “still trying to get a definitive answer” as to when the works will be done.

A Redrow spokesman said: “There is no issue with the cabling that Openreach have undertaken and the works remain on track.

“In line with initial plans, Pulley Lane will reopen in late April, with Copcut Lane expected to reopen earlier, once its resurfacing is completed. This is part of a larger project to broaden the road in order to deliver much-needed new homes to the area, and we appreciate local residents’ patience whilst these works are taking place.”

An Openreach spokesman said: “Our work at the moment is around laying new ducting. There is no cabling work taking place there at the moment, and we have no outstanding tasks to go back and change/fix previous work.”

Pulley Lane was closed on July 1 for 35 weeks so permanent traffic lights can be set up and road widening can take place for approximately 200m on either side of the junction between Pulley Lane and the A38.

An anonymous Facebook user attracted over 100 comments after posting on Spotted Droitwich: "I just feel people should be aware that the work on the junction by the Copcut will not be completed until March/April next year due to contractors fitting cabling that was the wrong specifications and it all has to be re-done.

"This is from a reliable source. I think we all need answers."