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Council apologises to drivers after surveys cause huge tailbacks across Worcester

Worcester Editorial 22nd Oct, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

COUNCIL bosses have apologised after hundreds of motorists were caught in long tailbacks because of traffic surveys taking place.

There were reports of gridlock on the A4440 southern link road during the morning rush hour and major congestion on other key routes in the city centre at the same time Worcestershire County Council was carrying out a 12-hour survey.

It involved pulling over one in five drivers on a number of roads across Worcester, but had to be temporarily suspended because of the severe delays.

The surveys are due to run until 7pm tonight (Wednesday).

A spokesman from Worcestershire County Council, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused due to the traffic surveys taking place until 7pm this evening in and around Worcester.

“We’d like thank everyone who has taken part and residents for their continued patience. It’s very much appreciated.

“There was an accident that took place during the rush hour period between 8am and 9am- this regrettably slowed the traffic down further and caused disruption into the city. The surveys were suspended for a period on one route to ease traffic flow into the city.

“The surveys are being conducted on one in five cars and need to be carried out throughout the day, during peak hours, as this is the only way that a true and accurate picture of traffic movement throughout the city can be gathered.

“The findings are vital in helping provide data that will be included and used in future improvement fund bids, such as the Carrington Bridge.”

 

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