Nearly there – just a few more weeks of misery

May 05 2015

SHOPPERS, businesses and motorists look set to endure further misery as water works in Downend’s main through road continue for another month.

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SHOPPERS, businesses and motorists look set to endure further misery as water works in Downend’s main through road continue for another month.
Bristol Water has been digging up Downend Road and Badminton Road as part of a £22 million scheme to upgrade water mains in and around Bristol.
The work has meant increased noise and the relocation of the bus stop as well as traffic being reduced from two lanes to one.
Bristol Water says delays have been caused by “unplanned issues” and work is expected to go on until the end of May.
Nigel Clift, who runs Good Frydays fish and chippie in Badminton Road with partner Jenny Gaston, said at one point a marquee-style tent was put up at the site, completely obscuring the shop.
“It’s obviously an important thing that Bristol Water is doing but it does seem to be a bit ongoing.
“When they had a big tent like a marquee set up over their welding equipment outside our front door, people weren’t able to see that the door was open. People just assumed we weren’t here.”
Nigel said customers have been complaining about the noise.
“At one point for four days solid they had a welding machine running from 8am to 5pm. That was very noisy and unfortunately for us it was right outside our front door.
“Now they’re working underground so you can’t see what’s going on. I asked them how long they were going to be and was told it would be a while yet. I was also told they would be moving back up towards the post office. It’s affecting everyone here, not just us.
“Water works are essential and we’d all be moaning if we didn’t have water but it would just be nice to see them gone now.”
Bristol Water spokesman Rob Ellis said: “We are now in the final planned bit of work on Downend Road connecting the pipe we have installed to start supplying homes.  
“We apologise for the inconvenience this work has caused but we have come across some unplanned for issues along this route which has held up the work.
“We hope this complex project will be finished by the end of May, but we will endeavour to finish as soon as we can. This work is part of a £22 million investment we have made in the water supply network over the past few years.
“If people want to find out more about the project they can visit our website where we provide regular updates, www.bristolwater.co.uk/renovations or there are people on site indicated by ‘here to help’ stickers who can answer any question.”