Hamworthy residents endure fourth set of roadworks in four months

Traffic queues build up in Blandford Road, Hamworthy as emergency road works take place at the junction of Turlin Road

Carl Drury

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FRUSTRATED residents said they are enduring the fourth set of roadworks in four months on a busy road – and motorists are queuing for “at least half an hour”.

Carl Drury is among the people living on Blandford Road in Hamworthy, Poole, who have seen Wessex Water repeatedly dig up their street.

The latest works taking place near the petrol station have been blamed on a void under the road and Wessex Water and Poole council are due to meet today.

Carl told the Echo: “It’s the only road in and out and I have been stuck quite a few times for at least half an hour.

“It can take people an hour or so at rush hour. Once you are clear of the roadworks it’s fine.

“Last time they finished work they left a hollow so deep you almost dived into it as you drove over it.

“They have dug right down into the foundations this time. We have had so many bursts and problems here.”

Wessex Water had believed heavy rainfall had caused the void but the council has asked for the work to stop while it investigates.

A Wessex Water spokesman said: “After liaising with the council they have asked us to stop work until they can carry out investigations into what has caused the void.”

The council will visit the site today and four-way traffic signals will remain in place at the Turlin Road junction.

“Delays are expected so we encourage anyone using the route to allow extra time for their journeys,” the spokesman added.

Wessex Water apologised in May after a 40-metre section of cast iron water main burst for the third time in a month.

The damage cut supplies to Turlin Moor and eight vans toured the estate giving out bottled water on request.

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12:39pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Reader Echo says...

More incompetence courtesy of Wessex Water.

In a word disgusting and they should be refunding monies paid to them in water rates!
More incompetence courtesy of Wessex Water. In a word disgusting and they should be refunding monies paid to them in water rates! Reader Echo
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12:45pm Mon 13 Aug 12

rudolph_hucker says...

Reader Echo wrote:
More incompetence courtesy of Wessex Water.

In a word disgusting and they should be refunding monies paid to them in water rates!
Yeah right that money will go to the shareholders dividend, and a few hundred grand bonus for the chief exec.
[quote][p][bold]Reader Echo[/bold] wrote: More incompetence courtesy of Wessex Water. In a word disgusting and they should be refunding monies paid to them in water rates![/p][/quote]Yeah right that money will go to the shareholders dividend, and a few hundred grand bonus for the chief exec. rudolph_hucker
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1:28pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Pablo23 says...

I suppose if these companies were well organised and managed properly such that they did all the work in one go with a single dig, it would mean less road diggers needed.
So, the managements incompetence
does keep people in a job.

Just trying to look on the bright side.
I suppose if these companies were well organised and managed properly such that they did all the work in one go with a single dig, it would mean less road diggers needed. So, the managements incompetence does keep people in a job. Just trying to look on the bright side. Pablo23
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11:16pm Mon 13 Aug 12

Yankee1 says...

Is that the same Wessex Water...who closed the A351 at Holton Heath for several months for work last year, and returned several months later to rip up that work to do other work for several weeks?

THAT Wessex Water?
Is that the same Wessex Water...who closed the A351 at Holton Heath for several months for work last year, and returned several months later to rip up that work to do other work for several weeks? THAT Wessex Water? Yankee1
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5:27pm Fri 17 Aug 12

Reader Echo says...

Well that is a another week so far this time.

Stinking car fumes, noisy diesel engines on tick over and retards with thumping loud music.

Good old Wessex Water, our environmentally friendly water supplier have done us proud this time.
Well that is a another week so far this time. Stinking car fumes, noisy diesel engines on tick over and retards with thumping loud music. Good old Wessex Water, our environmentally friendly water supplier have done us proud this time. Reader Echo
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