The timetabling of roadworks has been criticised after residents in a number of towns and villages have complained of being "cut off" from the rest of their borough.
Councillors said it felt like a "conspiracy" against people as there seemed to be temporary traffic lights and diversion routes on all roads around the borough of Reigate and Banstead.
The comments came as members of Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Local Committee discussed an update of highways maintenance works at a meeting on Tuesday, 5 June.
The programme of maintenance works costing around £168,182 for 2018/19 includes patching and minor repairs, but the committee was told this did clash with emergency works identified and carried out by utility companies.
Councillor Graham Knight, who represents Horley East, said those living south of the borough were feeling like it was a "conspiracy" against them adding: "Horley is being cut off from the rest of the borough."
Zena Curry, area highway manager for Surrey County Council, said the clash could sometimes be with the temporary lights and coordination and timing of them.
She said: "I do appreciate it is really frustrating when there are multiple roadworks particularly on major roads."