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BHAM ROAD GAS WORKS LATEST: 'We're waiting for the tarmac to dry...'

The workmen have gone, but the Tarmac is still wet.
The workmen have gone, but the Tarmac is still wet.

EMERGENCY gas works that have been adding to the traffic woes on Birmingham Road in Stratford will come to an end later today, Friday - once the tarmac has dried!

A National Grid spokeswoman has just confirmed to the Herald that the cones will be removed at 8pm.

It will means two lanes will be reinstated up to the junction with Clopton Road and Arden Street.

The work has been completed, but it takes several hours for the tarmac that has been used to fill the holes to dry properly, the spokeswoman added.

Work began on Monday, with reports that it caused two hours of tailbacks and buses being terminated early or re-routed. That has continued all week.

Earlier this week a spokeswoman for National Grid said: “It is an emergency job and it is in a difficult location. We’re working hard to get these repairs done as soon as possible but as this is a gas escape we have to make sure they are done properly or it may lead to safety issues. This was not planned work and unfortunately we cannot say exactly when the repairs will be completed.

“We put the lane closure in place on Monday, frankly this was the least worst option available to us, but we had to do it. We are working extended hours until 9pm to get this sorted, we’ve already fixed one leak but we are still detecting gas so we are currently trying to identify the second leak and deal with it."

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