Lowestoft 'phantom' roadworks cause disruption in town

A Utilities firm could be fined after "phantom" roadworks caused traffic delays in a Suffolk coastal town.

Last Tuesday, contractors for UK Power Networks blocked a lane on London Road South, Lowestoft, cancelled the planned work but failed to reopen the lane.

The electricity distributor, due to install underground electrical equipment, said it was investigating and has apologised.

Suffolk County Council said it was considering imposing fines on the firm.

The lane closure was removed on Monday afternoon.

'Just silly'

Tony Gittins, who owns a guest house nearby, said the closure had caused gridlock and many guests had struggled to get to his premises.

"It's just silly," he said.

In a statement, electricity distributor UK Power Networks said: "We are very sorry the lane was not re-opened by our contractors when the work was cancelled on Tuesday [last week] - or when the council subsequently instructed it to be opened.

"We appreciate that it has caused serious traffic delays in the town, and for this we would like to apologise."

A spokesman for the council said: "London Road South is a traffic-sensitive street which has been severely disrupted.

"We will be considering using the powers given to the county council in law to impose a fine on the utility company responsible."

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