THE closure of part of Greys Road in Henley this week did not cause the traffic problems in the town
THE closure of part of Greys Road in Henley this week did not cause the traffic problems in the town centre that had been feared.
Contractors from Southern Gas Networks shut the road at its junction with Duke Street shortly after 9am on Monday.
They are upgrading a main gas pipe, which is expected to take 10 weeks.
A diversion is in place via Deanfield Avenue, Gravel Hill and Market Place and homes and businesses on the affected section of the street still have access. It was feared that there would be chaos on Deanfield Avenue during the morning rush hour, when 14 coaches arrive to drop off students at The Henley College.
However, drivers coming into town from the west can still cut through Greys Road car park and this has relieved some of the pressure.
At some point in the next few weeks, Greys Road will also be closed at its junction with Deanfield Avenue.
The yellow lines near Milton Close could be extended temporarily when this happens. Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “The works have been going on this week and I’m not aware of any problems so far.
“I understand traffic has been pretty light because people can still use the car park as a cut-through.
“However, I am still asking our officers to talk with the contractors about the possibility of parking restrictions.
“There could be problems when that second junction is blocked as parked cars on Deanfield Avenue would reduce people’s views. We will have to do whatever is necessary to ensure that people can drive up and down that road without too much restriction.
“There is bound to be some initial conflict between the coaches visiting the college and other motorists going to work or on their school runs.
“However, it’s no different from any other time we’ve had restrictions in place.
“It takes a few days for people to realise that their usual route is blocked but they get used to it and leave earlier or find another way.”