A power company has apologised for traffic delays in Horncastle but said the work is an essential part of major improvements in the town.
Western Power Distribution (WPD) began work in West Street last Friday and led to the installation of temporary traffic lights at the junction with the main Lincoln Road and Jubilee Way.
There were reports of lengthy tailbacks in all directions with many motists complaining the traffic lights had not been ‘timed’ correctly.
In a statement, a spokesman for the company said: “Western Power Distribution is investing £100,000 on the electricity network in parts of Horncastle, to further improve power supply reliability and speed up restoration times to homes and businesses in the event of a power cut.
“The initiative involves laying new 11,000 volt underground cable, and the first phase began on Friday, October 23 at West Street where it junctions with Lincoln Road.
“We expect this section to be completed by the end of the coming weekend.”
The company goes on to say the work was timed to fit in with school holidays as the work is taking place close to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School
The spokesman added: “The work was agreed with East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council Highways Authority to coincide with the school half term holidays so that traffic disruption could be minimised.
“However, we do appreciate that there will be some impact on traffic in the area for which we would like to apologise.
“The next phase of our work will continue with cable laying along Granary Way, Jubilee Way and Langton Hill over the following three weeks. This will be undertaken in sections along the route, with temporary traffic lights in place to ease traffic flow. Residents were informed.”
living along this route were informed of our work in advance by letter.