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Bourne bus company Delaine hits out at Anglian Water's 'abysmal' traffic managment after debacle in Spalding's St Thomas' Road



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A bus company has slammed Anglian Water's 'abysmal' traffic management after a Spalding road was closed without warning - which affected some school services.

Delaine Buses managing director Anthony Delaine-Smith said he received no prior warning that St Thomas' Road was going to be closed this morning (Thursday).

The Bourne-based company says the closure resulted in some students from The Deepings School and Stamford College missing their buses.

There were fears that some Deepings School pupils were going to fail to make it to an exam, however the school says students were able to make alternative arrangements.

Anglian Water workers in St Thomas' Road, Spalding PHOTO: DELAINE BUSES
Anglian Water workers in St Thomas' Road, Spalding PHOTO: DELAINE BUSES

Anglian Water says it is repairing a sewer near Welland Road and that the closure is due to remain in place until Saturday.

Mr Delaine-Smith said: "Anglian Water's traffic management is abysmal. We have had these problems across our network over in recent times. The last two to three years traffic management has become abysmal with no consideration given at all to other road users.

"The first we knew about the St Thomas' Road closure was when the first bus arrived at 7.42am this morning to be met with a road closure sign.

Delaine Buses
Delaine Buses

"The children who missed their buses were waiting at Haverfield Road and some had exams. There was not attempt by Anglian Water to contact either ourselves or Stagecoach to say that there were going to be issues. At least put something out over social media."

Mr Delaine-Smith feels that the closure of the whole of St Thomas' and the massive diversion were 'unnecessary' given that the water company is working in a small section.

He said: "The one way system along the river is fine until something goes wrong with another road and then you realise that Spalding is restricted."

The 302 service goes from Spalding Bus Station to Market Deeping, via Deeping St Nicholas and Deeping St James and the 7.40am bus is used by schoolchildren.

We understand that no pupils missed their exams as a result of the issue with the bus this morning, with students apparently able to make alternative arrangements.

An Anglian Water spokesperson said: "Our teams are repairing a damaged sewer main on Welland Road in Spalding.

"This repair is complicated due to its location, and so emergency road closures have been put in place to keep our teams and other road users safe.

"Full diversions have been put in place, and we have kept the local community informed throughout the repair.

"Our team have been working overnight to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we expect to reopen all roads as normal by Saturday morning.

"We'd like to thank everyone for their patience while we carry out this vital work."



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