Updated at 2pm on March 23
Uckfield town centre roadworks have hopped forward today (March 23).
They are now clear of the High Street/Bell Lane junction, where the full-time traffic lights have returned to use.
The temporary lights are now after the Waitrose car park entrance and also cover the Framfield Road junction.
Vehicle access to Mill Drove from the High Street has been blocked off.
Today’s original story
Roadworks in Uckfield which were forecast to finish by May are now expected to continue until the end of July.
Townspeople are upset by delays caused by the roadworks and say they seem to be progressing very slowly.
One Uckfield News reader wrote: “Do you know why this work is being executed so slowly? Many times when passing there seems to be little activity.
“Certainly the hours of working don’t reflect the huge disruption to the town’s traffic flows. Can you shed light on when it will be completed?”
When the roadworks began in January an advance warning notice said they were expected to take about 13 weeks but now UK Power Networks says they expect them to take until the end of July.
The company has apologised for the inconvenience but said they roadworks were necessary to install a new connection for a customer.
Uckfield News has previously reported that new underground 11kv high voltage electricity cables are being taken from the sub-station in Bell Lane to the 1,000 homes development at the former Ridgewood Farm.
The route is going via the High Street, to New Town, then to the Highlands roundabout and Lewes Road to Ridgewood Place.
UKPN said: “The work is being conducted in conjunction with the local authority and safety is our number one priority.
“Our teams are working seven days a week, to carry out works as safely and quickly as possible to minimise inconvenience to the area.
“We started in January and now aim to complete the excavation work by the end of July.
“We will continue to work closely with the local authority to programme the work and ensure traffic impact is kept to a minimum for local homes and businesses.”