Road chiefs sorry over misleading A404 closure signs

11:02am Friday 9th August 2013

By James Nadal

ROAD chiefs have said sorry for misleading signs which suggested that the A404 bypass would be shut at the same time as Marlow Bridge.

Adrian kerridge, 75, from Marlow Bottom, was among those left confused and annoyed by the roadworks slated for this week.

After calling The Highways Agency this week, having seen the signs, Mr Kerridge said he was told the Marlow bypass would be shut.

With the bridge also closed until the end of the month it would have left anyone travelling to and from Bisham to Marlow facing a long and convoluted route through Winter Hill and Pinkneys Green.

Retired businessmen Mr Kerridge said on Wednesday: "It's absolute madness, how are people going to get from Bisham to Marlow?

"It's ridiculous. There's no joined up thinking between them and the councils."

Transport for Bucks revealed later that day that wrong information had been given to motorists.

Spokesman Dan Elworthy said: "There have been signs placed along the A404 giving details of the closures that have been misleading, giving the impression that both bridges (the stretch of road on the A404, leading to the bridge over the Thames) would be closed at the same time.

"This was not the intention, and the offending sign has now been arranged to be removed.

"The HA’s Contractor apologise for any confusion this sign has caused."

TfB insisted there had been work to ensure a joined approach.

The HA said the work which had caused the confusion was to maintain or replace a safety barrier and this has been postponed due to delays in work elsewhere.

It is now scheduled to take place from September 16 and will involve one lane closure in both directions.

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