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Furious motorists caught in ‘gridlock’ to get out of Tesco car park

Roadworks brought traffic in Bar Hill to a standstill once again last night (Monday) only months aft..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 1, 2018

Roadworks brought traffic in Bar Hill to a standstill once again last night (Monday) only months after similar travel chaos was brought to the village.

Motorists claimed they were stuck in their cars for over an hour at Tesco Bar Hill due to roadworks carried out on behalf of Cambridge Water.

Highways England workers completing the A14 upgrade scheme helped manually manage the temporary traffic light signals in a bid to relieve the traffic pressure.

The Tesco Bar Hill car park on Monday, April 30 (Image: Ian Broughall on Twitter)

The roadworks have seen temporary traffic lights installed on the B1050 Hatton's Road.

The work caused major delays in Bar Hill as the traffic backed up from Saxon Way and Crafts Way.

⚠ #B1050 (Hattons Road) Temporary Traffic Signals for @Cambswater works. Causing major delays in #BarHill as traffic backs up from Saxon Way and Crafts Way. @A14C2H are assisting to manually manage signals to try and relieve the traffic pressure. pic.twitter.com/kBBTScWkjN

— Cambs Travel News (@Cambs_Traffic) April 30, 2018

Many drivers took to social media to share their frustration at being held up again due to the water works.

On Twitter, Jason Dear asked Tesco what the traffic disruption was down to – saying he had been stuck in the superstore car park for 40 minutes.

Hi Jason. I'm sorry you have been in the car park for almost an hour, I have called the store manager and he has advised me that the traffic build up is due to road works that are ongoing and the store are aware of this. Thanks – Paul

— Tesco (@Tesco) April 30, 2018

Also on Twitter, Lisa Taylor asked Cambridge Water what their plans were for 'monitoring' the consequences of the roadworks.

She said Bar Hill was 'pretty much gridlocked' from 5pm to 7pm.

@Cambswater Given the extent of the traffic delays within Bar Hill this evening, what are your plans for monitoring the effects of your work on Hatton's Rd B1050? Bar Hill was pretty much gridlocked 5-7pm! What are your solutions?

— Lisa Taylor (@ScienceAmbass) April 30, 2018

Simon on Twitter shared his anger at being 'trapped' in Bar Hill for 'no obvious reason'.

@Cambs_Traffic once again trapped in bar hill for no obvious reason

— Simon (@simon_wolf_13) April 30, 2018

The delays come only months after roadworks in the same area in February left drivers irate, with traffic backing up all the way around the Tesco car park.

Roadworks in October last year also caused traffic chaos for drivers.

Why has there been so many roadworks in Bar Hill?

At the time, Cambridge Water said they were working to install new pipes in Saxon Way, Bar Hill, as part of diversionary works for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme.

An update on their website in October 2017 stated: "We appreciate the initial traffic management system has caused delays and was raised by Cambridgeshire Highways who put a traffic diversion system in place to ease congestion.

The scene at Bar Hill in October 2017 as traffic was brought to a crawl by roadworks

"Traffic is being diverted via Crafts Way and Saxon Way, we would urge all motorists to ensure they follow the diversion signs that are in place and not to block the roundabout to help ease congestion.

"We have a team on site who will continue to closely monitor the situation.

"We do however expect the work to still have an impact on traffic, particularly at peak times. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank those affected for their understanding."

Traffic congestion in Bar Hill (Image: Warren Gunn)

Work was also carried out in Bar Hill in February this year, as part of 'phase two' of the improvements.

The improvement works were carried out between 6.30pm and 6am to 'minimise disruption' for drivers after Cambridge Water admitted the impact the works had on traffic the first time round.

Cambridge Water has been contacted for comment regarding the latest travel disruption.


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