Motorists’ frustration at ‘unacceptable lack of progress’ to Anglian Water road works

Long delays for motorists due to ongoing water works is causing frustration for the lack of progress on Littlecoates Road.

Anglian Water is installing a new water main for a large housing development on the former Western School site. The work, which started last year, has meant temporary traffic lights have been in operation and are expected to remain until the end of April.

But the leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Philip Jackson has described the lack of progress as “unacceptable” as little work has been going on over the past week.

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Last month North East Lincolnshire Council leaders vowed to clampdown on temporary roadworks where no one is working. They said officers will visit areas to ensure that licenses are being complied with.

Councilor Jackson, singled out the Littlecoates Road works, and said: “There is single file traffic light control in place which is causing massive traffic queues at peak times and increasing pollution. There was no work taking place on site in the latter half of last week and obviously not over the weekend. Furthermore, the works don’t even impinge on to the road; they stop at the edge of the footpath.



Anglian Water carrying out work today on Littlecoates Road, Grimsby

“As leader of the council I contacted Anglian Water directly on Friday afternoon asking that the two way traffic be restored ASAP and I was promised that someone would get back to me. No one did. I contacted them again on Saturday and again no one got back to me.

“Anglian Water’s behavior is totally unacceptable both in terms of the unnecessary inconvenience they are causing to road users in Grimsby and their unwillingness to engage with me over it.”

Last month, the leader told how a new Streetworks License will encourage companies to use them more responsibly if it is introduced, North East Lincolnshire Council says.

An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “Our teams have been working on Littlecoates Road in Grimsby since last year to install and divert a water main to connect supply to a new housing development in the area. This work is expected to continue until the end of April.

“Two way traffic lights are in place, as permitted by the local council, while this work continues for the safety of our teams and local road users. We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we continue this work. ”

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