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Drivers taking country lane diversion after closure of High Wych Road to Harlow suffer flat tyres

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Drivers taking a diversion along a country lane after the road from High Wych to the Eastwick roundabout on the edge of Harlow was closed suffered punctures to their vehicle tyres.

One contacted the Indie after she drove along Little Keepers to the west of High Wych Road and past Gilston Park.

As Paivi Farrell was driving along the lane on December 11 she heard a loud bang, believing she had hit a pothole. She pulled into a layby and the front nearside tyre was flat.

“I called the AA, and as I was waiting, a lady in a Jeep stopped to tell me that the day before there had been 10 flat tyres on that lane,” said Paivi.

“Another driver pulled behind me with two front tyres flat. So it wasn't just one freak pothole that caused all this damage. And very soon yet another driver with a flat tyre pulled behind us.”

She was left with a bill for £213 after a garage told her two of her tyres had been damaged beyond repair.

Sawbridgeworth’s Hertfordshire County Council representative, Cllr Eric Buckmaster, said that the incidents had been reported but added that the diversion route agreed by Herts Highways was via the A414 Fifth Avenue/Edinburgh Way, A1184 Cambridge Road/Harlow Road and High Wych Road.

“Unfortunately, road users via sat navs or through local knowledge may decide to follow an alternative route,” he said.

“We can request the works undertaker to provide additional signage to deter road users from utilising less suitable routes such as Gilston Lane, however there is no obligation for them to do so.”

Paivi countered: “I have driven on Little Keepers many times without problems, and farmers and local residents do not have any other option but to use the lane.”

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