Disappearing cones lead to tailbacks

Drivers in Sudbury suffered major delays after traffic cones used to stop parking on a town centre road vanished.

The cones were placed in Cross Street a few weeks ago to stop motorists parking in the road and ease congestion while UK Power Networks buries cables in Church Street, which is set to take four more weeks.

But after the cones disappeared last week, Bulmer resident Eddie Brown complained about the effect on Sudbury’s road network.

“It has taken me 40 minutes to drive through the town,” he said. “When the cones were out, traffic was flowing freely. These have now been taken away and it has stopped the town dead.”

Mr Brown, who works in Nayland, said: “I am forced to come through town every day and now I am driving miles out of my way to avoid it, and I am worried about another four weeks of sheer hell.”

Simon Minns, planning scheduler at TMO Traffic, which has been employed by UK Power Networks for the work in Church Street, said: “This has been an ongoing problem where the cones just seem to disappear.

“We have had to put more out two or three times – it is not us removing them.”

Mr Minns said the cones had now been replaced again.

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said it approved the traffic management scheme but was not responsible for maintaining it.

“Parking restrictions were put in place to ensure the extra traffic using the road during the works in Church Street is as free-flowing as possible,” he said.

He said the authority had informed TMO Traffic of the problems, adding that police were also aware.