Erith and Crayford hit by tailbacks thanks to half-term roadworks

News Shopper: The section of Thames Road needing repairs. The section of Thames Road needing repairs.

DRIVERS are complaining of massive tailbacks in Erith and Crayford today thanks to half-term roadworks.

Taxi driver John Palmer claims works in Thames Road near the waste reception centre turned a five minute journey into an hour-long nightmare.

He was travelling back to his company’s base in Optima Park from the Dartford Crossing when he got stuck on Bob Dunn way.

Mr Palmer claims he and most of the firm’s 25 drivers are running more than an hour late.

He said: “It’s 2013 for god’s sake.

“It’s just a hole in the road that’s been like that since before Christmas.

“I don’t think they give a monkeys about carbon footprint when you have got 50-60 trucks stuck pumping out diesel like they are today.”

A council spokeswoman said: "Essential carriageway repairs along Thames Road are being carried out during half-term at off peak hours, between  9.30am and 3.30pm, while traffic is lighter than usual.

"The repairs will take two days to complete.

"While there may be some minor disruption, the only other option would have been to close the road put a diversion in place, which would cause widespread disruption for road users."

Have you been stuck in traffic thanks to the Thames Road roadworks? Get in touch and send your pictures to timmacfarlan@london.newsquest.co.uk or tweet @NewsShopperTim

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1:34pm Tue 19 Feb 13

mummyMFC says...

I was stuck in it for an hr to travel just 3 miles. I was very late for a meeting and I wouldn't have minded so much but when I got to the tiny part of road where the roadworks & temporary lights were, there wasn't so much as a workman or work van in sight!!!
Utter chaos for a tiny h
I was stuck in it for an hr to travel just 3 miles. I was very late for a meeting and I wouldn't have minded so much but when I got to the tiny part of road where the roadworks & temporary lights were, there wasn't so much as a workman or work van in sight!!! Utter chaos for a tiny h mummyMFC

10:16am Wed 20 Feb 13

highway warrior says...

Damned if they do and damned if they don't, Council can't really win can they, leave the potholed roads and be criticised or do the works in half term when the traffic is lighter and be criticised.
Damned if they do and damned if they don't, Council can't really win can they, leave the potholed roads and be criticised or do the works in half term when the traffic is lighter and be criticised. highway warrior

8:43pm Fri 22 Feb 13

nearly right all the time says...

why not do it at night?
why not do it at night? nearly right all the time

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