Apology after roadworks cause long delays in Rye

The company in charge of carrying out essential repairs on the A259 at Rye has apologised after the works caused long delays in the area for almost a week.

UK Power Networks attended the A259 Fishmarket Road close to the Skinners roundabout to carry out repairs to underground cabling on June 19.

As a result, temporary traffic lights were installed in both directions, causing long delays in the area. One resident said the roadworks made it extremely difficult for emergency service vehicles to get through Rye

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The temporary traffic lights remained in place until Friday (June 25), by which time East Sussex Highways had asked UK Power Networks to complete the works as soon as possible.

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The works were completed by midday on Friday.

On Monday (June 28), a spokesman for UK Power Networks said: “We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by our work on the A259. Our engineers attended (June 19) to carry out essential repairs to underground cabling, and the council asked that we complete by June 25. Our team returned as soon as possible, on Thursday, worked overnight and completed all works by midday Friday.”

On Sunday evening, heavy rain caused flooding slightly further down the road in South Undercliff.

A resident said East Sussex Highways sent several crews to attend the incident until 2.30am on Monday in an attempt to clear the drains.

Flooding in Rye on Sunday evening. Picture: Mark Streeton SUS-210628-145059001

East Sussex Highways has been approached for comment.