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Brief respite for Gants Hill traffic chaos

ZJAN SHIRINIAN - 05 October 2009
WORKMEN on the Gants Hill roundabout regeneration will down tools as it is restored to two lanes.

But the respite will only last for three months before the roundabout is once again taken down to one lane in January.

The break from the gridlock - beginning on Monday, October 19 - that has blighted the intersection will come as work starts on getting rid of utility pipes, cables and concrete thought to have been used to reinforce Gants Hill Station when it was turned into a Plessey wartime factory.

The late discovery of its existence means the works will be completed one year later than projected, with a finish date of April 2011 pencilled in.

Conservative Cllr Ruth Clark, who has been a staunch advocate of the works, said: "I've spat blood over this project. There's no pain without gain.

"Transport for London has invested £7million in this, we should be over the moon about it.

"They wouldn't have known what was under there unless they came from Krypton and had x-ray vision.

"We're doing our best to get the project back on track.

Ilford Recorder

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