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GRIDLOCK: Concerns grow as eight-week Berkhamsted road closure looms

 Published on: 9th July 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

As a new luxury retirement scheme edges closer to completion, Berkhamsted residents are preparing to endure weeks of disruption.

Elysian Residences’ development on Shootersway will deliver 103 modern apartments and hotel-style facilities when complete. It is expected to be ready for winter 2023.

Works are now needed to connect the surface water and sewage for the new homes to the existing drainage systems in Kings Road. One lane at the junction of Shootersway and Kings Road is currently closed for Phase I of the works, which is expected to be completed by July 22.

In Phase II, both lanes of Shootersway will be closed from Kings Road down to Oxfield Close for eight weeks. This is scheduled to begin on July 24.

At a residents’ meeting with Elysian on June 19, one attendee revealed that traffic caused by the closure had made their child late for their GCSE exams.

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The roadworks are an accident waiting to happen. Traffic is backing up onto the A41; deliveries are happening at peak time, adding to the disruption; workers are parking on Crossways, severely limiting access to Greenway Primary School; and it is causing a danger to pedestrians.”

An Elysian Residences spokesperson said: “We would like to apologise for any inconvenience and disruption. Written communications were sent to all immediate neighbours in order to notify them of Phase I. However, confirmation of arrangements and timings of Phase II have meant that communications regarding this have not been as widely shared as we would have wished – for which we apologise.

“Elysian Residences appreciate the frustrations of our neighbours in Berkhamsted and along with our construction partner HG Construction, are liaising with local residents and the council to explore options for minimising disruption caused by essential works during this time.”

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