Marlborough in gridlock again: gas leak causes major traffic delays through the town

Written by Tony Millett on .

Marlborough's somewhere on this mapMarlborough's somewhere on this mapLATEST NEWS: Statement during Wednesday (May 3) morning from Wales & West Utilities:   “We have repaired the gas leak beneath London Road in Marlborough.'

“The holes we dug to do this work have now been filled in, and the tarmac road surface is now setting. We anticipate that this will be complete and the traffic lights removed by early afternoon."

“We know our work has been disruptive, and we really appreciate the patience of local people while we worked. It was essential to repair the leaking pipe to keep the local community safe, and keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in Marlborough.”

Emergency traffic lights in Marlborough's A4/New Road and Barn Street area have been causing severe build-ups of traffic on all routes coming into the town.

The gridlock around Marlborough was bad at the end of last week, not good on Bank Holiday Monday and terrible on Tuesday morning.  

At 8.50 am this morning (May 2), with the High Street at a standstill ,it took cars ten minutes or more to get down Granham Hill and along Pewsey Bridge Road.  Drivers stuck in the High Street were turning round to find other routes.

And traffic coming south towards Marlborough on the A346 was backed up as far as The Silks on the Downs in Ogbourne.

The cause?  A gas leak.  By 12.45 pm on Tuesday the source of the leak had still not been found.

The Town Clark and Unitary Councillor Stewart Dobson have made sure that the contractors use manual operation of the traffic lights to get a better flow of traffic.

The situation has not been made any easier by the flood of diversion signs connected to the partial closure of the A338 in the Collingbourne area - several miles from the High Street.  At least one driver coming into the town on Tuesday morning thought the signs were connected with the New Road delays and set off in the wrong direction.