Motorists have been left “frustrated and annoyed” by emergency repair work in Botley Road which they claim could be finished quicker.

Gas company SGN has installed four way traffic lights at the junction with Binsey Lane while it fixes a leak found in its gas network.

The work has caused long traffic delays since it started on Thursday.

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“I was stuck on that road for 20 minutes,” said one irate commuter who was caught in the traffic this morning (Tuesday, November 14).

“It was all because of those four way traffic lights.

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“They let traffic in from those two side roads, but barely anyone uses those roads so it’s just taking twice as long.

“Why couldn’t it be smart traffic lights?

“And when I finally drove past, no one was working on it. 

Another frustrated motorist added: “Will the Botley Road chaos ever end?”

Oxford Mail: Matthew Alden (left), managing director of Alden Butchers in Osney MeadMatthew Alden (left), managing director of Alden Butchers in Osney Mead (Image: Contributed)

Matthew Alden, managing director of Alden Butchers in Osney Mead, said the work was harming trade.

He said: “The simplest way to speed work up is get people to work. I’ve been past two to three times most days and not once have I seen people working. 

“The hole they did on day one hasn’t changed in four days.

“There is no urgency to get the job finished.”

SGN cannot confirm when the work will finish, with spokesman Bradley Barlow saying it was “too soon to say.”

He added that the four way lights were in place “to make sure everyone is safe around our work area.”