End in sight for drivers in Colden Common as road is partially reopened tonight

"Torturous" roadworks partially lifted tonight

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FOR WEEKS it has caused misery for motorists who have been stuck in their cars for hours while businesses say that they have seen their trade dramatically slashed.

From drivers complaining of “chao-tic” conditions to local shops blasting the road works for costing them thousands of pounds in lost trade – the weeks of ongoing works to lay a new water main in Colden Common have been “torturous”.

Tensions have even escalated to such an extent that contractors had reportedly called in the police after being verbally abused by angry members of the public.

But finally, there is an end of the nightmare in sight as half of Main Road was due to be reopened tonight, with temporary traffic lights set up to help ease congestion.

Since its closure on January 6 by Southern Water for essential works, motorists have been caught up in jams for more than an hour and bus services have been suspended, to the frustration of local residents.

Outlying areas have also suffered heavy congestion as desperate drivers tried to find an alternative route.

Businesses at Fisher’s Pond in Colden Common have also reported a rapid decline in trade, with some claiming to have lost up to 30 per cent of their usual custom.

But with work reaching completion, the southern half of the road was due to be reopened tonight under temporary traffic control as the project moves into its final phase.

Work, however, will continue until February 28, with roadworks moving further up the road.

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4:47am Mon 10 Feb 14

undertheeast says...

So is it open or not? Can you drive from Fishers Pond to the roundabout at Church lane?

If there are temporary lights this suggests it's passable. Can anyone clarify ?
So is it open or not? Can you drive from Fishers Pond to the roundabout at Church lane? If there are temporary lights this suggests it's passable. Can anyone clarify ? undertheeast
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7:37am Mon 10 Feb 14

thebestnameshavegone says...

undertheeast wrote:
So is it open or not? Can you drive from Fishers Pond to the roundabout at Church lane?

If there are temporary lights this suggests it's passable. Can anyone clarify ?
This is the Daily Echo. If we're lucky an office junior will speed read a press release, lave out all of the important bits and post here the least useful bits.

The golden rules of who, what, where why & when are often being asked by the readers of articles in this esteemed rag when, instead, those questions should be asked by the 'reporters' prior to putting finger to keyboard.

This website's 'news' reporting is clearly dysfunctional but with so few readers it's largely immaterial. Probably why they don't see the need to put the effort in.
[quote][p][bold]undertheeast[/bold] wrote: So is it open or not? Can you drive from Fishers Pond to the roundabout at Church lane? If there are temporary lights this suggests it's passable. Can anyone clarify ?[/p][/quote]This is the Daily Echo. If we're lucky an office junior will speed read a press release, lave out all of the important bits and post here the least useful bits. The golden rules of who, what, where why & when are often being asked by the readers of articles in this esteemed rag when, instead, those questions should be asked by the 'reporters' prior to putting finger to keyboard. This website's 'news' reporting is clearly dysfunctional but with so few readers it's largely immaterial. Probably why they don't see the need to put the effort in. thebestnameshavegone
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9:40am Mon 10 Feb 14

Lone Ranger. says...

thebestnameshavegone wrote:
undertheeast wrote:
So is it open or not? Can you drive from Fishers Pond to the roundabout at Church lane?

If there are temporary lights this suggests it's passable. Can anyone clarify ?
This is the Daily Echo. If we're lucky an office junior will speed read a press release, lave out all of the important bits and post here the least useful bits.

The golden rules of who, what, where why & when are often being asked by the readers of articles in this esteemed rag when, instead, those questions should be asked by the 'reporters' prior to putting finger to keyboard.

This website's 'news' reporting is clearly dysfunctional but with so few readers it's largely immaterial. Probably why they don't see the need to put the effort in.
Why do you bother reading it then !! ...... Let alone send a post about it.
[quote][p][bold]thebestnameshavegone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]undertheeast[/bold] wrote: So is it open or not? Can you drive from Fishers Pond to the roundabout at Church lane? If there are temporary lights this suggests it's passable. Can anyone clarify ?[/p][/quote]This is the Daily Echo. If we're lucky an office junior will speed read a press release, lave out all of the important bits and post here the least useful bits. The golden rules of who, what, where why & when are often being asked by the readers of articles in this esteemed rag when, instead, those questions should be asked by the 'reporters' prior to putting finger to keyboard. This website's 'news' reporting is clearly dysfunctional but with so few readers it's largely immaterial. Probably why they don't see the need to put the effort in.[/p][/quote]Why do you bother reading it then !! ...... Let alone send a post about it. Lone Ranger.
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10:43am Mon 10 Feb 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

This morning:
The road was open between the roundabout and the Fishers Pond with a set of temporary traffic lights
The road from the roundabout to Twyford is closed - I dont know where the blockage is

The whole episode has been shambolic in my opinion
Closing a major route like this for 6 weeks is unacceptable and it is beyond me how they were given permission.
There should have been temporary light for the whole time
This morning: The road was open between the roundabout and the Fishers Pond with a set of temporary traffic lights The road from the roundabout to Twyford is closed - I dont know where the blockage is The whole episode has been shambolic in my opinion Closing a major route like this for 6 weeks is unacceptable and it is beyond me how they were given permission. There should have been temporary light for the whole time There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
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