STONEHOUSE looks set for traffic chaos following the annoucement of a major road closure. 

Oldends Lane will be completely closed for at least one month from the end of October.

Network Rail will be undertaking repair work to the bridge on Oldends Lane which sits near Ryelands Road.

The road will be fully closed between October 28 and November 27 and following then between the hours of 10pm to 10am on Saturday nights until December 17.

In a letter sent to local residents Network Rail’s community relations executive, Shaun McEvoy explained the work the company will be undertaking.

“We will be carrying out brickwork repairs which are likely to be noisy.

"Throughout the work, there will be a road closure and diversion routes in place for your safety.

“These repairs will improve safety and reduce the need for further work in the near future.”

There is a chance this road closure could coincide with the incinerator cable being laid through Stonehouse High Street.

With Oldends Lane an alternative route to reach the A419 and the M5, there is a fear among residents that traffic through the centre of Stonehouse could become a real issue.

Commenting on Stonehouse, GL10. Community Discussion, Ali Edwards said: “I cannot believe a full road closure for a whole month was permitted while the other works are going on, this is so stupid.”

Charli Roberts added: “Oh no! That's all we need, fed up with road closures and roadworks in Stonehouse, we get them all the time at the moment.”

Realising there would be some displeasure at the scheduled work, Mr McEvoy tried to ease people’s nerves.

“We recognise that work on the railway can be disruptive to those living or working nearby,” he said.

“The nature of our work often means some disturbance is unavoidable but please be assured that every effort is made to minimise unnecessary noise and all staff have been reminded to consider the neighbours.”