Emergency sewer works on a busy stretch of road in Feltham is causing chaos for people living in the area.
While Thames Water repair a collapsed sewer, between Hounslow Road and Staines Road, which remains closed, the diversions in place are causing a stink with residents.
However getwestlondon has been told the works will take at least two more weeks to complete.
People living on the service road between Carlton Avenue and Viola Avenue have described the route as a “rat-run” after reportedly seeing HGV vehicles, buses and lorries speeding down what should be an access-only road.
Due to incorrectly placed signs on the corner of Hounslow Road and Staines Road means “people turn the corner before they see the ‘Road Closed Access Only’ sign,” said concerned resident Margaret Taylor.
“It’s been crazy. It’s a rat run in between Carlton Avenue and Viola Avenue," she said.
“If these road signs had been done properly this wouldn’t have happened.
"There is no sign up to say Road Closed - Local Traffic Only. The sign should be put right.
“There has been no provision made for people in wheelchairs going to the doctors or children - you simply cannot cross the road.
“We have had double decker buses coming through lorries - you name it we’ve had it.
“We understand the drains have to be repaired but to put everything down here isn’t right.”
Thames Water has said it is going to see if the signposts can be put elsewhere for the safety of pedestrians and motorists.
A concerned parent took to Twitter to urge for the diversions to be sorted as people’s lives were at risk.
A spokeswoman for Thames Water added: “This is a must-do job to protect properties and the environment from being flooded with sewage.
“When a sewer pipe collapses the waste water it carries can’t get through so it backs up through manholes into the streets and in the worse cases, into homes.
“We’re sorry for the disruption the road closure is causing but we hope people can understand why this work has to be done.”
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