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Misery to continue for motorists as lights stay up.

MOTORISTS in Kenilworth are seeing red after council chiefs announced temporary traffic lights that have brought gridlock to the town centre will not be taken down for a few more days.

The lights were set up along a 100-yard section of the busy Warwick Road last month to allow workmen to replace a crumbling storm drain.

But they have caused delays for residents and shoppers and triggered long tailbacks in both directions at peak periods.

Many side roads have been turned into rat-runs as drivers fight to avoid the chaos, while people living near the works have difficulty reaching their homes because of heavy machinery and building materials left in the road.

Council engineers had originally expected the work to be completed by Friday but now say it should be finished by the end of the week.

Tony Iwanikiw, operations manager for Warwick District Council, said: "When the traffic lights were set up we had one or two phone calls about the queues, but the lights have now been adjusted accordingly. We still have a couple of connections left to make to the system, but we expect to finish the work by the end of this week."

Mr Iwanikiw added that the whole of Warwick Road would be completely resurfaced after Easter.
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Date:Apr 10, 2000
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