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Spalding road closures: is it apology accepted or should they get on with the job?

Bus company Brylaine hit Twitter today (Saturday) to warn of a 30 minute service delay in Spalding due to "traffic/diversions/parked cars/railway barriers etc etc".

Winfrey Avenue is cut in half with barriers protecting a trench across the width of the road while Albion Street remains closed to traffic following the opening of a sinkhole more than a week ago on Thursday, August 8.

Diversions are also affecting other parts of the town.

Road closed: Winfrey Avenue has barriers running the width of the street
Road closed: Winfrey Avenue has barriers running the width of the street

In Winfrey Avenue a digger is standing idle beside a trench with no work taking place at weekends - or nights - while an Anglian Water sign says: "We apologise for any inconvenience while we carry out essential works."

One sign at the spot says the work started on August 5 and will run to September 9 while another gives an earlier finish of September 6.

Winfrey Avenue is a normal width, two-way street.

On Thursday we reported that Anglian Water had investigated the sinkhole on Albion Street and found that a sewer pipe had collapsed.

A spokesman said the road had been closed for public safety, adding: "We would like to thank the public for their cooperation while we complete these repairs and look to have the road reopened as soon as we can."

Lincolnshire County Council, the highways authority, was "unable to give a firm timescale as to when we will be able to reopen the road".

Meanwhile Anglian Water has been working to clear a blocked sewer that caused flooding in St Thomas's Road, where two-way traffic lights were set up, and hoped the lights could be removed this weekend.

No work today ... a digger stands idle in Winfrey Avenue
No work today ... a digger stands idle in Winfrey Avenue

* In June, Spalding Today reported that Monks House Lane, West Marsh Road and Winfrey Avenue would all be affected by Anglian Water's £500,000 project to install new water mains and replace a sewage manhole between July 20 and November 4.

We also reported that there will be further disruption in mid- September when gas supplier Cadent carries out what it described as "essential gas maintenance" in Winsover Road where an iron gas main will be replaced by plastic ones.

Further afield severe disruption is expected soon on the South Holland/Norfolk border as the county council starts work on a £100,000 project to resurface Cross Keys swing-bridge at Sutton Bridge.

Anglian Water's apology at Winfrey Avenue
Anglian Water's apology at Winfrey Avenue

A two-day, single-lane closure is planned "on or around" September 4 and 5 and a month long, single-lane closure from the week starting Monday, September 23.

There will be two-way, traffic-light controlled working on the open lane but the county council is warning of "significant disruption and severe delays" in the area and advising drivers to use the 32-mile diversion route via Wisbech.

Please tell Spalding Today what you think of the road closures by commenting on this story here or on our Facebook page.

Let us know if you think county highways and Anglian Water are doing a good job ... and let us know if you think they could get on with the job or work more shifts to end the traffic disruption sooner.

Previously ...

Sinkhole on Spalding road under investigation, but no date for repair work yet.

Spalding roads set for disruption as gas and water maintenance works are announced for the summer and autumn

Sutton Bridge: Our readers ask why must Cross Keys Bridge roadworks take a month?

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