Monday, 30 November 2020

Roadworks put visitors off, says cafe owner

SHOPPERS are being put off coming into Henley by roadworks, a town councillor has claimed.

Lorraine Hillier, who runs two cafés in the town, said the delays caused to drivers using the A4130 at Bix was having a “detrimental” effect on trade.

She also complained about signs which have been put up on approach roads to Henley telling drivers to expect “long delays” due to Henley Royal Regatta, which starts on July 2. Speaking at a council meeting on Tuesday, Councillor Hillier said: “The roadworks have had a detrimental effect on trade in the town because people don’t want to do the diversion.

“Now signs have gone up telling drivers to expect long delays at the regatta. These signs should be taken down and one put up with a positive message like ‘Henley welcomes you to the regatta’. The last thing we need after Bix is signs saying avoid Henley.”

Two weeks ago, a contraflow system was put in place on the A4130 while repairs to a 2.5km stretch of carriageway take place. This is expected to remain in place for 20 weeks. Lorries and vehicles wider than 2m are being diverted via the A4074 and A4155 and vice-versa.

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