Just two weeks after Maldon High Street reopened, yet more roadworks are causing hold-ups.

The main street was shut off to traffic for months while a controversial scheme was carried out to widen the pavements at the top end of the road.

Shoppers stayed away in their droves, with traders reporting a serious down-turn in business because of the problems.

Now, with trade finally returning to normal, another eight-week programme of roadworks has begun at the other end of the High Street.

Transco has moved in to renew the gas main in the lower section of the street between ATS Tyres and Mill Road.

Working on the ATS side of the road, traffic lights are back in the High Street, being used to control the flow of vehicles.

Although traders are angry at the move, many are cautious about voicing their fears in case visitors stay away from the town again.

Robin Gozzett from Quest Motors in the High Street said: "I am fed up that this is going to last eight weeks.

"We've just finished the work at the top of the High Street and here we go again."

Some businesses may also have their gas supply disconnected for up to half a day as the works take place.

Contractors AMEC started work yesterday (Wednesday) and the lights are due to be in place for the next two months.

Car drivers could soon find they have to go a lot slower through the centre of Maldon. The High Street will be in line for a 20mph speed restriction once features to improve road safety have been finished in the next few years.

Conservation officer Robert Scrimgeour said the measures being introduced include narrowing the road, widening pavements and putting in pedestrian crossings.

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