A WATER company has apologised to motorists who slammed ‘infuriating’ roadworks causing gridlocked traffic, but added the work was essential.
Roadworks were installed by South Staffordshire Water on Thursday night and should have been taken out yesterday, as the company attempted to fix a ‘suspect’ leakage on a water pipe, in Stanton Road, Stapenhill.
The two-way traffic lights brought fury to motorists going yesterday as no work was being carried out during rush hour, and caused miles of tailbacks both into and out of Burton
Commuter, Chris Knight, said: “It normally takes me around 15 minutes to get to work using the A444, This is the direct route from my house into Burton where I work. The traffic is normally ok around 8am, but I joined a queue of traffic just before the junction into Newhall and, while it wasn’t a standstill, it was just infuriating as the traffic was constantly stop and start. It took so long to get down to the bottom of Brizilincote Valley and all I was presented with was a tiny set of roadworks, in which I couldn’t see anything which needed one side of the road to be cordoned off! I didn’t see any workmen either.”
Angry commuters also took to the Mail’s Facebook page to air their frustrations.
Darren Peet wrote: “No road works or anybody working - just lights. Why ?
“Someone is to blame - probably some jobsworth in an office who doesn’t have to use the A444.”
Sharon Bailey added: “Traffic in town was ridiculous (on Thursday) night. It’s always terrible and does need sorting but the traffic lights made it ten times worse.”
Amy Peden simply wrote: “50 minutes to do a 10 minute journey, terrible.”
A spokesman for South Staffordshire Water, said: “The work was being carried to investigate a leak. We are very sorry for the inconvenience but if we did not investigate it could have resulted in a burst water main.
The road has been resurfaced and the lights should have been taken out now.”