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Motorists and residents criticise condition of two main roads near Sudbury after resurfacing works

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Poor road surface from Nayland to Great Horkesley. Essex Highways are having to relay the road after it went down incorrectly. ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (9830311)
Poor road surface from Nayland to Great Horkesley. Essex Highways are having to relay the road after it went down incorrectly. ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (9830311)

Motorists have hit out at resurfacing work on two main roads from Sudbury, while one of the town’s main thoroughfares has been closed due to an underground cable fault.

Gainsborough Street is not due to open until Thursday after it was closed for work by UK Power Networks.

Meanwhile, part of the A134 resurfaced from Nayland to Great Horkesley has attracted scores of comments on social media about loose stones and clouds of dust.

The same issue has occurred on the A131 from Ballingdon Hill to Sudbury Road.

Essex Highways has apologised to drivers and riders on both roads, saying stones used for resurfacing had “remained loose due to problems with the materials used”.

A spokeswoman said: “The stones we used did not bed into the binder layer. We will redress the road when we know what caused this problem, entirely at the contractor’s cost. Drivers and riders should use common sense and drive cautiously, certainly below the 20mph limit advertised on the signs on site.”

Motorists and residents have criticised the mess made of the roads.

On Facebook, Anthony Gant said: “When a lorry passed me, I thought I had been shot. Three hits to my screen, all marked and one looks like it may crack. Seriously considering taking out an action against Essex Highways.”

Marcus Lane added: “Not only are they totally inept at laying a road, they have also blocked the line of sight as they turn right at Nayland with temporary road signs.”

Businesses in Gainsborough Street had a power cut last week as UK Power Networks was called to deal with a cable fault.

On Tuesday, motorists were being diverted along Friars Street, with Gainsborough Street closed to traffic.

A spokeswoman for the power company said: “UK Power Networks engineers have been working as quickly and as safely as possible in Gainsborough Street to repair a problem.

“On Monday, we had to close the road. We aim to reopen the road on Thursday and would like to apologise for any inconvenience.”


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