Gas company explains reason for traffic chaos

MOTORISTS have reported sitting in traffic for up to an hour to travel the short distance from the Shore Road to Enniskillen town centre on Saturday morning as the major roadworks project in the county town got off to a bad start.
Traffic was brought to a standstill on the west end of Enniskillen over the weekend with one reader saying a one-and-a-half mile journey from Scaffog to town that normally takes a matter of minutes taking her three quarters of an hour
The roadworks which is being carried out as part of the Gas to the West project by SGN Natural Gas and is due to go on for seven months and has sparked outrage among motorists on social media. 
A spokesman for SGN Natural Gas admitted that a piece of work being carried out last Saturday had proved to be more complex than anticipated, resulting in some added delays given the volume of traffic. 
One Facebook user who encountered the traffic jams referred to the prolonged road works saying, ‘if its anything like today (Saturday), it will be months of disaster’ while another angry motorist said, ‘I truly feel sorry for anyone who has to travel to Enniskillen every day. I was stuck in traffic for an hour and 15 minutes from the Village Inn to the road works. Such a disruption to the town.’
Following the choas, SGN Natural Gas has announced that it intends to implement a revised traffic management plan in Enniskillen this Saturday to help minimise disruption while carrying out work on significant new infrastructure in the town centre.
The spokespesman said, “Having reviewed our traffic management plan before commencing work again this Saturday, we are confident that any disruption which may be experienced will be significantly reduced. 
We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and co-operation while we progress with this significant new energy infrastructure project which will allow homes and businesses in the western area, including Fermanagh, to access natural gas as soon as possible.”

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