Danger Welwyn road remains shut

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 October 2013

Building work on London Road, Welwyn

Building work on London Road, Welwyn

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Traffic “chaos” will continue to “damage” Welwyn as a main road remains sealed by officials.

Traffic “chaos” will continue to “damage” Welwyn as a main road remains sealed by officials.

London Road has been shut since October 11, amid fears an embankment could fail and cause a landslide.

And now County Hall has revealed specialist workers have been drafted in to assess the transport artery, and it does not know when traffic will again flow down the road.

Borough councillor Sandra Kyriakides told the Welwyn Hatfield Times traders have been hit by the work and hopes County Hall finishes the job soon.

She said: “The impact on the village has been pretty bad, it is chaos with traffic.

“I’m quite angry, we didn’t know about it in advance, I didn’t find out until it started.”

She added: “If they leave it for much longer it is going to do a lot of damage to the village trade.”

Councillors and villages have been left in the dark about the work, with many claiming to be unaware the work was going to take place.

A Herts county Council spokesman said: “Assessment of the structural stability of the embankment has been necessary by specialist geotechnical engineers.

“Their report and recommendation is due today (Wednesday) after which it should be possible to estimate the length and nature of the works necessary to stabilise the embankment.

“We will re-open the road as soon as it is safe to do so.

“We cannot comment further until we have fully considered the report.”


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