Old town roadworks will not meet end of March deadline

Old Town Roadworks.
Old Town Roadworks.

Already late-running roadworks that threatened the livelihoods of Old Town businesses are set to over-run the revised finish date.

Council chiefs have admitted that works to turn Hemel Hempstead’s High Street into a one-way system will not meet the end of March deadline.

Spokesman for Dacorum Borough Council Leida Smith said: “We have heard today that work is expected to continue beyond the end of March. We are currently in discussion with Herts County Council to clarify the revised schedule.”

The highly criticised project, which was brought to a halt last year to allow traders to cash in on the festive period after the works were not completed by the expected October deadline, is a partnership between the borough council and Herts County Council.

The works, which have been plagued with problems including the discovery of buried tombs close to St Mary’s Church and delays in materials being shipped from overseas, are being carried out by Jackson Civil Engineering and restarted in the new year.

A spokesman for the county council said they are in talks with the contractors on the way forward.