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Three more weeks of roadworks hell for Charminster Road
GAS replacement works causing lengthy delays in Bournemouth will remain in place for another three weeks.
Temporary traffic lights at the junction of Charminster Road and Iddlesleigh Road have caused long tailbacks in both directions, particularly at peak times.
Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns is one of those to have been caught up in the jams.
He said: “In the middle of the day on Tuesday, I was going for the train to London. A journey that normally takes less than 10 minutes took about 40.
“Those poor traders in Charminster say they had massive roadworks there last year. There doesn’t seem to be anybody doing anything.
“People don’t mind the disruption when you can see work being done.”
But Chloe Boyce, spokeswoman for Southern Gas Networks, appealed to motorists to be patient and said the temporary traffic lights were in a slightly different place to where engineers were working.
She said the works were necessary to replace the existing metal gas mains with modern plastic pipe.
“For this project, we have a one-way closure in place which involves a diversion for mot-orists.
“The diversion route joins the main road at an acute angle, which was difficult to negotiate for traffic turning left.
“To allow the diversion route to work properly, we were asked to put in a set of temporary traffic lights at this spot by the local authority. These lights are located further down the road from the site of our work, which may explain why some people have said they cannot see any of our engineers working when they drive through the lights.
“We are on schedule with this project and have a target completion date of three weeks’ time.
“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that our work may cause.”
Michael Williams, of Charm-inster dry cleaners, said: “The roadworks are making it very difficult for people trying to pull out of Stewart Road, it’s a bit of a pain. People won’t come here if they don’t have to.”
Ali Onur, of Sade Bakery, said: “It wouldn’t be so bad if you could see people working but they are actually working down Alma Road.
“A few customers have told us they avoid Charminster because of the roadworks.”