Motorists 'moving warning signs' at burst mains spot
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
Motorists frustrated by a temporarily-closed road in Kent are hampering the repair of burst water mains by moving the diversion warning signs that are in place, South East Water has said.
The firm says the £176,000 scheme is being affected by the "potentially dangerous" drivers' actions.
South East Water has placed the diversion signage to alert motorists to an alternative route, while it replaces burst water main along the B2188 road between Penshurst and Fordcombe.
But progress is being hindered by the moving and theft of the safety signs, the water firm says. Contractors working on the project have also been subjected to verbal abuse and threats.
"We are getting increasingly concerned at the actions of some individuals as we attempt to complete this main laying scheme," David Brend, South East Water's delivery manager, said.
"People are taking it upon themselves to move the signs that advise of the diversion route, while many have simply been ignoring the signs which advise the road ahead is closed, and then get stuck and so are forced to attempt dangerous U-turns, often in customers' driveways."
Despite the problems, the company says the repairs are making "good progress" and it has already laid 300m of new water pipe.
During the recent cold weather, some motorists were ignoring warning signs telling them that the A30 road in north Somerset was closed.
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