Local councils have responded with frustration and concern following the announcement that Anglian Water will commence emergency roadworks in Station Square, Lowestoft from Monday 1 October.
The utility company have confirmed that the work is taking place because of damage to a sewer. As part of these repairs, a single-lane road closure - from the junction of Denmark Road/Katwijk Way to the junction with Battery Green Road - will be in place for up to five weeks and diversions enforced.
Suffolk County Council and Waveney District Council have spoken with Anglian Water and while both accept that the works must take place, they are determined to ensure they are concluded quickly.
Councillor Mary Evans, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Issues at Suffolk County Council said: “It is frustrating that Anglian Water needed to carry out these works on such a busy route in Lowestoft. As these are emergency works Suffolk County Council are unable to stop them from taking place however we have directed Anglian Water to give the community advanced notice to try and minimise disruption in the area.
“Anglian Water must make sure the work is carried out quickly and without delay. We will be monitoring works regularly to ensure work is progressing.”
Cllr Mark Bee, Leader of Waveney District Council said: “Having spoken with Anglian Water, it is clear that this work is absolutely necessary and cannot be delayed. Nevertheless, we are of course concerned about the impact that this will have on local traffic and the knock-on effect felt by resident and businesses.
“Therefore, while the work is not our responsibility as a district council, we will be watching progress closely to ensure every effort is made to complete it as soon as possible.”
For the duration of the works, travellers are asked, wherever possible, to avoid unnecessary journeys and/or to use alternative methods of transport. Broad advice and information about travel plans can be found on the Suffolk County Council website.