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Letter: They repair road – then dig it up!
4:00pm Thursday 19th July 2012 in Opinion
I live on Blackburn Road, Darwen; a busy road with lots of heavy traffic.
For years we lived with a road surface that was so bad, even less prosperous countries would have been ashamed.
Finally, last year, the road got a makeover – not only the surface but the whole road.
So imagine my surprise when I received a letter from the National Grid. They have just started work on the gas mains, digging up our year-old road surface. Now potholes are guaranteed for years to come.
The disruption was enormous: M65 queues both ways on the exit slip roads. It took me an hour from slip road to home, a little over a mile.
You only need a little bit of common sense to ask why these two works were not co-ordinated.
I don’t know how it works in this country (I’m Dutch) but I presume the national grid and council are in communication with each other? Couldn’t this have been done before the road was resurfaced?
I contacted Balfour Beatty months ago after receiving the first letter. It was a call centre. He was friendly enough, but couldn’t help.
I don’t know how else to express my frustration. Vivien Townshend (Mrs), Blackburn Road, Darwen.