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Queues at new roadworks in the Barbourne area of Worcester
TRAFFIC in the centre of Worcester was congested at rush hour as commuters faced the first day of major roadworks.
Severn Trent Water started five weeks of work in Barbourne yesterday aimed at relieving the risk of sewer flooding in the area.
The A38 Barbourne Road and the southbound lane of Ombersley Road are closed and temporary traffic lights have been installed opposite Gheluvelt Park.
Congestion built up at the junction with B4482 Bilford Road, with reports that some drivers chose to ignore the 'road closed' signs.
Congestionwas not as bad as it might have been because of lighter traffic caused by the half term this week.
Traders in the area fear potential damage to business from the disruption.
UPDATE 1.50pm: Incorrectly placed ‘no entry’ signs were placed on northbound Ombersley Road this morning but were taken down when motorists contacted Worcestershire County Council’s highways team.
The council's highways manager, Jon Fraser, said: "An issue with signage at the site of Severn Trent works at Barbourne was identified today and this has now been corrected.
"Many thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to let us know about this problem."
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