High voltage cables interrupt work at 'gridlocked' Elstree crossroads

Borehamwood Times: Work at 'gridlocked' crossroads suspended Work at 'gridlocked' crossroads suspended

Drivers suffering delays of up to an hour during road works at a major crossroads are being given a brief respite.

Problems with high voltage electricity cables have caused BT to suspend work at the junction between Elstree Hill Road, Watford Road and Barnet Lane.

Work is expected to restart in April, but until that time, temporary traffic signals and cones will be removed and the road returned to normal.

BT started excavating underground chambers at the end of last month. However engineers soon discovered that cables running through the site were buried much deeper than anticipated.

The cables will need to be diverted by UK Power Networks before BT can continue its work, which will not happen until April.

Once this has happened, the temporary traffic lights will be reinstated and BT will restart work, which is expected to finish in September.

A spokesman from Hertfordshire County Council said: “On behalf the contractors and utility companies involved in this scheme, the county council apologises for any inconvenience caused by the work and the change to the planned schedule.

“When completed, the improvements to the junction will benefit the travelling public by easing the flow of traffic and making the junction safer for all users.”

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8:56pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Stevendavies says...

Total incompetence. How can the powers that be be so relaxed about this. This is going to take munch longer now that they have extra work to do.
Total incompetence. How can the powers that be be so relaxed about this. This is going to take munch longer now that they have extra work to do. Stevendavies

11:09am Thu 13 Feb 14

Heatley says...

St Nicholas Primary School is in very close proximity to this cross-roads. The interruption to the traffic lights at the junction has also affected the pedestrian lights south of the cross-roads and now children travelling to and from the primary school have no assistance in crossing the roads whatsoever. It is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident as, I speak from experience, you take your life in your hands when attempting to cross as visibility around the entire junction is severely restricted. This work was already scheduled to take 25 weeks without the discovery of high powered cabling!
St Nicholas Primary School is in very close proximity to this cross-roads. The interruption to the traffic lights at the junction has also affected the pedestrian lights south of the cross-roads and now children travelling to and from the primary school have no assistance in crossing the roads whatsoever. It is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident as, I speak from experience, you take your life in your hands when attempting to cross as visibility around the entire junction is severely restricted. This work was already scheduled to take 25 weeks without the discovery of high powered cabling! Heatley

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