Drivers have been frustrated and the town has become gridlocked in peak commuter hours because of temporary traffic lights in Hart Street next to St Mary’s Church since last Thursday.
The temporary lights have been installed for electrical work being done by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). The sign states the work should be completed by tomorrow night (23 November).
David Rodger Sharp who runs two businesses in Henley, David Rodger Sharp jewellers and Lawlors bakers said, “The roadworks are having a huge impact on the town. People are now avoiding coming to the town to shop even though the car parks have plenty of space. It is also having a big impact on my staff getting into Henley and my bread deliveries which are taking the amount of double time. I don’t understand why the company was not given 2 nights to complete the work overnight. When I walked past there at 1230 today when I took the above photo there was no one even working on it.”
We contacted SSEN who have responded, “Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is currently carrying out repairs to the electricity infrastructure in Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames.
“To ensure the safety of customers and colleagues, a temporary traffic management system has been utilised and will be removed by midnight on Wednesday 24 November, when the works have been fully completed.
“SSEN would like to apologise for any inconvenience these essential works, to keep the power flowing to its customers and businesses in Henley-on-Thames, have caused.”