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Which way? Diversion signs in Stowmarket cause confusion as town suffers from roadwork overload

PUBLISHED: 16:10 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 18:04 31 May 2017

The Onehouse Road junction with Finborough Road has two diversions running through it, but motorists may not know which way to go. Picture: NIGEL ELLIS

The Onehouse Road junction with Finborough Road has two diversions running through it, but motorists may not know which way to go. Picture: NIGEL ELLIS

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Motorists in Stowmarket are being driven round the bend as overlapping diversions give out mixed messages.

A gas leak on the B1113 at Badley, on Stowmarket Road, has forced the sudden closure of the road (May 31, 2017). Picture: BOB REASONA gas leak on the B1113 at Badley, on Stowmarket Road, has forced the sudden closure of the road (May 31, 2017). Picture: BOB REASON

Drivers can be forgiven for reaching the end of their tether when they arrived at the Onehouse Road junction with Finborough Road, with diversion signs telling them to turn both right and left.

With no markings to tell them apart, two diversions from two road closures in the town did not exactly help mitigate the traffic disruption.

The closure of Starhouse Lane, between Stowmarket and Onehouse, started on May 30, with Anglian Water renewing the water main over the next month.

On the same day the Gas Transportation Company closed St Edmunds Road to lay new gas mains.

Work taking place to repair the gas leak on the B1113 at Badley, on Stowmarket Road. Picture: BOB REASONWork taking place to repair the gas leak on the B1113 at Badley, on Stowmarket Road. Picture: BOB REASON

The resulting diversions only cross paths on one short section of Onehouse Road, but it was long enough for the signs to become more of a hindrance than help.

Nigel Ellis, who lives in the town, took the photograph showing four diversion signs at the Onehouse Road junction, all pointing in various direction.

“You have to wonder if it will ever end,” he said. “When I saw the signs I just had to look in amusement and amazement.

“This business with Anglian Water is of course appalling. I am retired, so quite fortunate, but you have to feel for those who are commuting to work every day and disrupted by this.”

Anglian Water today (May 31) apologised for the confusion caused by the signs and said they are putting black dots on their route signs to mark it out from the St Edmunds Road diversion.

A spokeswoman said: “We’re sorry for any confusion caused by the diversion signs on Onehouse Lane in Stowmarket. “Our team is working with the gas supplier responsible for the other diversion to make the signage clearer for road users.”

The distracting diversion came as multiple works take place across the town, from the overrunning Anglian Water sewer works, which are currently on Bury Road, to the closure of Gun Cotton Way near the Tesco supermarket.

The partial closure on Gun Cotton Way means those coming from the A14 and A1308, via the A1120, are forced to divert through a residential area to get to the supermarket.

Gas main renewal works along Needham Road/Stowamarket Road (B1113) have also caused major disruption for residents in and around Stowmarket, with a major gas leak forcing the complete closure of the road.

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