Spalding traffic gridlock as road closed signs go up too early for Pumpkin Parade

A road closed sign was stopping traffic entering Vine Street and The Crescent this morning ... the sign, barriers and cones were moved to the side after a driver protested.
A road closed sign was stopping traffic entering Vine Street and The Crescent this morning ... the sign, barriers and cones were moved to the side after a driver protested.
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Drivers were reporting long delays as they made their way to work this morning (Friday) with road closure signs going up hours before the start of the Pumpkin Parade.

Queues stretched back from High Bridge to the Twin Bridges, with cars brought to a standstill along High Street and Commercial Road.

One driver told us: “They closed the right hand lane on High Street, where you turn onto High Bridge, which meant this really busy road was reduced to a single lane.

“It’s ridiculous to close the road nine hours before the start of the parade.”

The driver told us he was 15 minutes late for work as a result of the gridlock.

Another driver told us she found a road closure at the London Road end of Vine Street and The Crescent and needed to drive down The Crescent to get to her works car park.

The driver asked workmen to move the obstruction and barriers, cones and a road closed sign were moved to the pavement.

Normally road closure signs go up around teatime on the day of the parade.

Traffic is now flowing normally around town, except in Sheep Market where there is a closure for market stalls.

A South Holland District Council spokesman said earlier today: “One road closure sign was put up early in error by a contractor and is being removed.”

The council’s official road closure details are:

• Sheep Market: 7am-10pm

• Sheep Market car park: all day

• Market Place/Hall Place: 4pm 10pm (these areas are already pedestrianised from 10am-4.30pm so this road closure is an extension of the traffic restrictions already in place).

Rolling road closures on the parade route from 6pm will affect: Station Street, Spring Gardens, London Road, Haverfield Road, Priory Road, High Bridge and The Crescent.

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