Mother and her five-year-old son kept up all night by long-running roadworks

PUBLISHED: 14:54 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:52 22 January 2018

The traffic lights on High Street in London Colney.

The traffic lights on High Street in London Colney.

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A mum and her five-year-old son are at their wits’ end after being kept up at night by long-running roadworks right outside their home.

The notice with the emergency phone number at the roadworks on High Street in London Colney.The notice with the emergency phone number at the roadworks on High Street in London Colney.

Jade Heywood, 34, and her son Dylan, who live in London Colney High Street, have waited weeks for an end to the disruption caused by UK Power Networks.

She said: “It’s very loud at night. I have a small child so it’s not great as the signs keep falling over in the night. They were meant to collect them last week, but they are still out there.

“There are four signs lined up outside my house and I have not slept more than two hours since they were put up in December.

“If they could organise themselves, that would be great.

The traffic lights on High Street in London Colney.The traffic lights on High Street in London Colney.

“In fact, could they organise themselves to only dig up the road when it needs doing, and get rid of the problem quickly?”

The signs were first put up on Friday, December 29 and have been there ever since, and even two extra sandbags to weigh them down did not stop them falling over.

The 12 people who share Jade’s driveway have been delayed on their way to work because they have had to wait longer to get onto the road.

The pedestrian footpath has also been shut while works are being carried out, restricting Jade’s activities with her child.

Jade, who works in St Albans, said: “I cannot get in and out of my drive. We have just had to wait as the traffic builds up and causes delays.

“We were going to feed the ducks, but I have avoided walking along there.”

Herts Highways told her they could do nothing, and the emergency phone number on the roadworks sign said the disruption would be gone in a couple of days - which didn’t happen.

A UK Power Networks spokesperson said: “Engineers are working as quickly and safely as possible to complete essential repair work on an underground cable fault in High Street in London Colney.

“We appreciate the impact this is having, and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

“Two-way traffic lights are in use with manual controls at peak periods to help traffic flow.

“We extended our permit for this work until Friday, January 26 because of safety concerns around the structure of a wall, but these have now been resolved and we are aiming to complete the work and clear the site as soon as possible to minimise any further disruption.”

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