MISERY is mounting for motorists stuck in traffic queues on a main commuter route but it should end soon.
Urgent work by Severn Trent Water meant traffic lights were installed on the A46 near Stroud on Monday, January 6.
Drivers and bus passengers commuting between Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham were delayed by up to half an hour as jams backed up in to Stroud and beyond the A4135/A46 Gloucester and Cheltenham junction.
A Gloucestershire County Council spokeswoman confirmed the work was not part of a planned programme.
“We were contacted by Severn Trent Water on Thursday, January 2 and told about urgent work that would need traffic lights in place on starting Monday,” she said.
“Due to the urgent nature of the works permission was given for the traffic lights, subject to them being manually controlled each day from 7.30am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 6.30pm.”
A Severn Trent Water spokesperson said: “Emergency repairs are being carried out on a mains pipe underneath a brook near the A46 in Stroud.
"The work is expected to be complete with the traffic lights removed by the end of today. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused people using the A46 in this area.”