Delays on the way, but when?

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Mystery surrounds when exactly major road works that could spell traffic misery for motorists are due to start.

Drivers have been left scratching their heads after Herts County Council published a notice to inform the public of plans to close the busy London Road in Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, for resurfacing over a seven day period.

The notice – featured this week in the Gazette – informs readers that the road from its junction with Two Waters Way down to the Apsley Mills Retail park will be a no-go area for motorists over a seven-day period at some point between next Monday and Sunday, March 31.

During the same period, according to the notice, Berkhamsted’s London Road will be closed between Swing Gate Lane and Hall Park Hill for resurfacing and Hemel Hempstead’s Link Road – between the roundabouts with Aycliffe Drive and Piccotts End Road – will be closed for pothole repairs.

But highways chiefs said yesterday that the works have not yet been scheduled and they were unable to give a start date for the road closures.

They did, however, say they have an 18-month grace period under the road closure order to carry out the works but said it would be sooner rather than later.

A Herts Highways spokesman said: “We are currently awaiting contractors to schedule it in.

“We do have an obligation to contact residents in the area when these details are firmed up.”

It is understood that the roads would be shut off to traffic between 8pm and 5am, but there could also be some daytime closures.

Hemel Today also contacted a council information line – published as part of the public notice – but call operators there were unable to shed any light on the planned road works.