Weybridge 'gridlock' fears over Veolia water works

Claims that a Surrey town will be "gridlocked" by work to replace a water main have been made by a councillor.

Elmbridge Borough councillor Claire Gibbins said ward members were not told of the work planned by Veolia Water.

She said the firm planned to close the main road into Weybridge for nine weeks from 15 August, and the work would disrupt school traffic in September.

Veolia apologised for any inconvenience and said it had consulted Surrey County Council's highways department.

Traffic diversion

Ms Gibbins said ward councillors only found out because Veolia had contacted some of the businesses that would be affected.

She added: "If they had actually started it earlier in July or even at the end of June when the schools start winding down, the traffic would have been less and people would have been affected less. It really isn't joined up thinking.

"Has anyone thought where the buses are going to go? The local roads are just going to be gridlocked."

Veolia issued a statement which said the work was needed to undertake major alterations to the water mains serving customers in the Weybridge area and improve the security of local supplies.

It said: "We have consulted with Surrey highways and agreed that a section of Queens Road at Haines Bridge will need to be closed for approximately nine weeks from 15 August.

"During the closure a traffic diversion will be in place.

"We will work closely with Surrey highways, residents and local businesses to ensure that the works runs as smoothly as possible."

Veolia is holding a forum where people can ask questions on Thursday between 1400 BST and 1900 BST at Weybridge Hall.

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