Drivers find a way as Devizes Road closes again
DRIVERS are getting used to finding an alternative route around Old Town as another road closure brings more rush hour jams.
Devizes Road was closed yesterday and is not expected to be opened for the rest of the week as Thames Water does sewer work.
Despite the diversions being put in place by the council, many drivers have been seen using Wood Street as a cut through and ignoring no right turn signs and no entry signs.
The collapse was discovered after a CCTV inspection of the sewer at the junction between Devizes Road and Bradford Road, opposite the Arts Centre, found it to be clogged with fat.
While this was being cleaned workmen realised the sewer had collapsed.
A spokesman for Thames Water said: “Devizes Road will be closed opposite Bradford Road while we fix the broken pipe.
“Work is expected to take up to a week and diversions will be in place. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Police have warned drivers who are using Wood Street as a cut through that the normal restrictions are in place and they will be monitoring the situation throughout the week.
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “Normal traffic restrictions remain in place during these roadworks and anyone found to be driving otherwise than in accordance with these rules will be dealt with appropriately.
“Public safety is paramount and we will be enforcing the normal traffic restrictions around Old Town.”
This is not the first time Old Town has suffered as a result of roadworks.
In June there were long delays after Cricklade Street was closed for works, and this is the third time in the last year that Devizes Road has been closed after re-surfacing work in March and another collapsed sewer last October.
Joan Mortimer, 57, of Lawns, was surprised to see the road closed again and said that a lot of drivers were trying to find back roads to avoid it.
She said: “I was not aware of the closure again. It doesn’t seem like long since the last one. As I drove up from the town centre it appeared that a lot of people had sussed out ways to get around the diversions and there were a lot of cars on the smaller roads.
“I walked down Wood Street and it was clear to see the increase of traffic along there, which is a shame because it is usually such a nice street to walk down.”
A diversion is in place running from Newport Street, down High Street, along Cricklade Street to Drove Road before joining Groundwell Road and Victoria Road.
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