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Major delays in Bewdley after clash of roadworks
FESTIVAL-goers and motorists were hit with delays as Bewdley suffered a double- dose of road-works last weekend, crippling the town.
Last Sunday, Worcestershire County Council began three-day resurfacing work at the Bewdley bypass’ Blackstone island, which connects the A456 and the B4195.
Also on Sunday, a team from Severn Trent Water arrived in the town centre to carry out work outside St Anne’s Church, Load Street.
Motorists told The Shuttle the clash of works caused “major delays”.
Jon Fraser, council highways manager, apologised for the inconvenience caused and said due to its “emergency nature”, the roundabout resurfacing had to start immediately, despite the planned Severn Trent works.
“We worked together with Severn Trent to get their work cleared as soon as possible on Sunday to enable ours to take place,” he added.
A Severn Trent spokeswoman, however, said the council had “pulled us off the site”.
“It’s unclear why we were not allowed to do the work as we did have a valid notice to be working there,” she added.
Meanwhile, Bewdley Festival spokesman Dave Collins said nearly a third of ticket holders were unable to attend a Sunday afternoon orchestra concert at the church because of the chaos and demanded an apology.
Bewdley resident Keith Moore described it as a “nightmare situation” and said it took him an hour and 15 minutes on Sunday to drive from the Mercure Kidderminster Hotel on Habberley Road to the Bewdley Bridge, just a mile away.
Shuttle readers also took to the newspaper’s website to suggest work should have been done during the upcoming school half-term or next summer.
A council spokesman, however, said works needed to be done without delay and could not have been carried out at night.
The Severn Trent work will now take place sometime during the week beginning Monday, November 4.
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