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Apology after drivers stuck for hours in Guildford roadworks

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Apology after drivers stuck for hours in Guildford roadworks

Published at 12:12pm 21st May 2019. (Updated at 1:09pm 23rd May 2019)

Surrey County Council has apologised after drivers got stuck for hours in the Slyfield Industrial Estate area of Guildford yesterday (May 21).

The gridlocked traffic came about about on the first day of roadworks on the A320 Woking Road, to replace traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing.

Lane restrictions and temporary signals are in place for the rest of May, with the new lights scheduled to be up and running by June.

It caused chaos yesterday with some motorists reporting it was taking them as much as two hours or more to move a short distance.

Local businesses also said they suffered as a result of the long delays.

Now, SCC has said the timings of the temporary lights have been adjusted, and they will be manually controlled during peak times, from 7am to 10am and again from 4pm to 7pm to help cut back on waiting times.

In a statement, the council also said it was sorry:

"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the traffic problems on the A320 Woking Road, Guildford, on Monday.

"On Monday evening the timings of the temporary traffic lights were adjusted and we are manually controlling the phasing of the traffic lights between 7am to 10am and again from 4pm to 7pm to help reduce waiting times.

"We are continuing to work closely with our specialist contractors, Siemens, and will be constantly reviewing how the works are set up to minimise delays."

Despite the efforts by SCC, traffic was still reported to be very slow in the road works area near Moorfield Road at around lunch time today,

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