DRIVERS have been urged not to exacerbate jams in Isleworth by jumping traffic lights and blocking box junctions.
Thames Water is carrying out repairs to water mains in Twickenham Road and other parts of the borough in a bid to prevent a repeat of last summer's floods in Brentford.
The work has led to heavy tailbacks, especially on rugby match days, which have drawn complaints from ambulance drivers trying to reach West Middlesex Hospital. One motorist last week described the situation as 'complete anarchy'.
However, a council spokesman this week defended the repairs and said it was working closely with Thames Water, the police and rugby chiefs at Twickenham Stadium to ensure delays are kept to a minimum.
"Thames Water was specifically told by the council to man the temporary two-way lights on the days when there were events at Twickenham Stadium and have been doing so," he told the Chronicle. "In around three weeks the temporary traffic lights will be removed from Twickenham Road, and the road will be resurfaced during the evening.
"Contractors are working around the clock, seven days a week, to ensure the pipe is fit for purpose so there is no repeat of the flooding in Brentford that did so much damage last year. The traffic flow could be eased by considerate drivers not jumping the traffic lights or blocking box junctions."