03:20AM, Thursday 30 January 2014
Action has been taken by the Royal Borough to ensure disruptive roadworks in Maidenhead town centre are completed as soon as possible.
National Grid has been carrying out emergency gas repairs in Grenfell Place since Tuesday afternoon, causing considerable traffic disruption and tailbacks throughout the day.
The Royal Borough has asked National Grid to increase working time and resources.
They hope this will speed up their excavations and the time in which the road can return to normal.
Initially is was estimated that the work would be completed on Wednesday, February 5.
It is now hoped this will be brought forward.
National Grid has agreed to open the road fully in time for tonight's rush hour from 5-7pm and close one lane from 7-10pm.
If a lane closure is needed tomorrow, it will be restricted between 9am and 5pm.
Depending on lane opening requirements, the temporary pedestrian footway may have to be diverted via Grenfell Road, King Street and Broadway.
Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for operations, said: “We’ve had traffic chaos in Maidenhead and surrounding roads, with thousands of residents and commuters delayed for up to two hours."
He added: "We have impressed upon National Grid the urgency of getting the work done and the road restored to normal at the earliest possible opportunity.”
National Grid has described the job as a 'complicated one' which requires them to work around a network of cables and pipes.
The recent wet weather has made this increasingly difficult.
All lines are currently blocked between Reading and London Paddington stations due to a person being hit by a train.