Frustrated traders in Hampden Park say gas works in the area has hampered business and caused chaos on the roads.
Work in the area means Mountfield Road is now one-way eastbound until December 13 and comes on top of a week that saw the level crossing closed to traffic. During that period traders said they were left counting the cost and this week they said things had not got any better.
Ruth Goncalves, manager of Petal Florists, said, “It’s still disruptive. It’s diabolical to get out for deliveries because we have had to go all the way around, the traffic is a nightmare. A delivery to the Hydneye would normally take about 10 minutes there and back but one earlier meant we had to go the long way back and took nearly an hour.”
Shaun Robinson, owner of The Treasure Chest, said, “It’s a bit better but it’s not back to normal. How long does it take to place a few pipes down?”. Bev Kenward, sales assistant at Paper Lane, added, “It’s just as bad. Staff are leaving work early as it’s been quiet.”
A spokesperson for Southern Gas Networks said, “This essential work forms part of an ongoing mains replacement programme developed with the Health and Safety Executive.
“We understand people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, people will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.”