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Major traffic due to poorly planned works

Reported via mobile in the Roadworks category anonymously at 17:01, Monday 23 January 2023

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS4163043.

Im not sure why in the world you would EVER have lanes closed on a Monday morning, busy roadway heading south toward london but it is impacting all the roads surrounding and has gone on for far too long. It affected us on the weekend but this morning was absolutely inexcusable. We were late and stressed and we didn’t even have to travel south on watford way. This evening coming home traffic was at a standstill on the same section of road. People were angry, honking horns.(to be fair this one might be an accident) Thankfully we were able to turn right into Aerodrome road and avoid most of it. I just cannot comprehend why someone would plan construction lane closures during the day and not have it done from 1-5am, clean it up and then open the lanes for rush hour.

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  • Thank you for taking the time to report this to us. It is much appreciated. Unfortunately the bridge repairs were (and still are) safety critical. The duration is down to the scope of the works involved whilst also keeping this section of the A4 open for as much of it as possible. The cold snap is responsible for preventing TfL from completing the final weekend of its own works but as it stands at the moment, this final weekend has been pushed back until the current National Highways works are completed in order to avoid delaying their works programme.

    The works that have started there now are to repair the concrete piers that are currently covered by nets to catch the falling concrete. This is being undertaken by National Highways. There will be lane 3 closures in place in both directions at this location from this week until early May to facilitate these works.

    The cold weather is also responsible for the increase in burst water mains and other water related issues across the network, including this particular main on the A4. This has now been repaired and TM has been removed.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by TfL at 14:29, Tuesday 24 January 2023

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