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Motorists warned to allow extra journey time as Stansted's Cambridge Road is closed for 12 days

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A 12-day road closure through the heart of Stansted is expected to disrupt businesses and cause traffic delays.

Thames Water began work on major sewer repairs on Monday (May 9), closing Cambridge Road from just beyond its junction with Chapel Hill up to St John's Road. Each week day the road will close between 8am and 8pm; on Saturdays it will close 8am-6pm and on Sundays 9am-3pm.

The situation has been compounded by the introduction of temporary traffic lights in Silver Street for works by Affinity Water which will stay in place until Thursday (May 12). A planned one-day closure of Church Road next Wednesday (May 18) to repair a broken drain and alleviate flooding in the area could add to the chaos.

Diversions have been set up, but motorists are warned to allow extra travel time and to expect hold-ups. Bus passengers who normally jump on or off in Cambridge Road are advised to use the nearest alternative stop on Chapel Hill.

Mercer and Hughes Veterinary Hospital, which has a Stansted surgery on the corner of Cambridge Road/St John's Road, warned on its social media pages: "Not only will this affect our clients trying to get to see us, but will have a huge impact on those living (and working!) in the local area. Please allow extra time and a huge dose of patience when driving through Stansted."

Essex county councillor for the Stansted division, Cllr Ray Gooding, said that normally Essex County Council highways work was advertised well in advance, but this was not always the case for utility companies needing to carry out urgent repairs.

"As far as the utilities are concerned, if they have a problem they need to get in and solve it. I understand that foul water drainage is the issue here. My hope is it will be done more quickly than the 12 days allowed.

"Stansted Parish Council has been giving notice and I spoke to them this morning about it as Essex Highways also have had a planned notice to close Church Road next week. There's a broken drain causing some flooding which needs to be fixed and has been planned for some time, but subsequently the other closures have happened at the same time. We're talking to see what we can do."

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