A329M chaos caused by contra-flow works which will 'last until November 5'
Published: 21 Oct 2013 12:45
Roadworks caused chaos on the vital link road this morning with furious drivers left sitting in stationary traffic for more than two hours. Traffic cones were left out blocking two lanes of the busy thoroughfare - which connects Woodley, Earely, Winnersh and east Reading to the M4 - meaning that traffic heading in and out of Reading was reduced to a single file.
Furious commuters initially thought that contractors had forgotten to remove the cones following overnight works, but Wokingham Borough Council has now confirmed they were actually put in place as part of efforts to form a contra-flow ahead of major works to improve the safety of the Loddon Viaduct.
In a statement the council confirmed the contra-flow will stay in place until Tuesday, November 5 and said: "We apologise for the inconvenience that was caused this morning because we are carrying out temporary road works in preparation for major works which will result in the improved safety of the Loddon Viaduct.
"The major works are programmed to begin on 3rd January 2014 and should be completed by the end of March.
"We are working 24 hours a day, to introduce a contra-flow system on the A329M, which is where one side of the road is closed and the traffic uses the opposite side .
"We wrote to the local residents about two weeks ago to apologise for the night time noise, in advance. Regrettably we did not anticipate the significant disruption that has been experienced by all road users.
"The contraflow will come into operation at the beginning of the Viaduct repair works which are programmed for the beginning of 2014. The temporary works are currently programmed to last until November 5 and we are working with the contractor to minimise the impact of these preparatory works.
"If alternative working methods are identified the program for delivery will probably change we will keep you informed through press releases and from our web site."
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