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Nightmare Ipswich roadworks cut short after causing town centre gridlock

PUBLISHED: 14:34 10 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:55 10 October 2019

Essential repairs by UK Power Networks were due to continue until Wednesday, October 16 - but have now finished early Picture: ARCHANT

Essential repairs by UK Power Networks were due to continue until Wednesday, October 16 - but have now finished early Picture: ARCHANT

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Roadworks which caused traffic chaos in the centre of Ipswich have been finished more than six days early - after engineers worked through the night to complete them.

The works were causing bumper-to-bumper traffic in central Ipswich, especially around Portman Road stadium Picture: ARCHANTThe works were causing bumper-to-bumper traffic in central Ipswich, especially around Portman Road stadium Picture: ARCHANT

Traffic came to a standstill yesterday evening when drivers found a section of Handford Road, near the junction of Portman Road, was closed for repairs by UK Power Networks.

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The firm was fixing a fault with an underground electricity cable.

But with five car parks on Portman Road alone, traffic very quickly ground to a halt around Ipswich Town's stadium, with other areas of the town affected by much heavier rush-hour traffic than usual.

However a UK Power Networks spokesman said: "UK Power Networks crews worked through the night (from yesterday) to quickly repair an underground electricity cable which had developed a fault, as we appreciate this is a busy route.

"The roadworks, which started yesterday, are being removed once the resurfacing has been completed today, and we would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused."

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