Bath traders 'frustrated' by roadworks

Traders in Bath have said roadworks on the busy London Road were "extremely frustrating".

The route into the city is being dug up for work to replace gas mains, but businesses said it was taking too long.

Alex Schlesinger, from the London Road Partnership, said some of his customers had been stuck in traffic for up to an hour.

Morrisons, the firm carrying out the work, said it was on schedule to complete the project on time.

A spokesman said: "It is essential that we cordon off the entire stretch because gas main replacement is happening under the ground.

"It all looks remarkably calm above the surface because none of the activity is visible."

'Absolutely static'

The roadworks in Bath will replace more than 360m (394 yards) of old metal gas pipes with new plastic pipes.

Mr Schlesinger said the roadworks meant traffic was "absolutely static" and like a car park that no-one expected to be in.

"I'd say it has cut my business by about 75% because people just can't get into Bath," he said.

"Word gets around that it's difficult to get into Bath so people turn around and go home and when they do arrive they are so bad tempered they are not going to buy anything."

The work, which is being carried out on behalf of Wales and West Utilities, is due to be completed by the beginning of October.

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