Monday, 21 June 2010

Chaos In The Pipeline

You may have noticed the plethora of spray painted annotations on the road and pavement at the Green Lane/Central Road junction.

It's all in preparation for major gas mains replacement works which are set to bring traffic chaos to Worcester Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Blog sources tell me that Central Road will be completely closed to traffic from the Friday evening, with works planned to be completed on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Quite how Worcester Park will cope with being cut off from civilisation for three whole days remains to be seen.

Anyone want to give me a hand building a raft to set sail on the Hogsmill?

26 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Carl said...

Thats a shame, I thought it was part of a traffic masterplan that meant I'd be able to get out Green Lane without queueing for several days at the traffic lights. :(

Highdown said...

August Bank holiday? Bit eager with the spray paint then!
Lets hope none of the local graffiti taggers see this as a challenge and decide that the engineers have got their marking wrong.

JasonJHunter said...

Of course, you could always walk up to the only pub in Worcester Park proper (according to the daft political boundaries).

The HG Wells just gets better and better all the time...

http://www.butcherandbarrel.com/

Anonymous said...

big deal!

Grant said...

Thank God I'm going away, but the question is will I be able to get there?????

Jeff said...

This demonstrates just how dependent we are on a single road for east-west access.

Did you know that the line between Worcester Park and Stoneleigh Stations is the only line in the UK between two stations that isn't crossed by a tunnel, bridge or level crossing allowing vehicular access?

In fact, I just made that up but it's so believable it makes the point.

I think the time is long overdue for the Cattle Arch under the railway line (where Lynwood Drive meets Stonelight Avenue)to be widened to allow cars to pass through it in both directions. At the moment it can only be used by foot travellers and cyclists.

Of course, a few houses might have to go and grass verges lost to allow for the widening of access roads, but that's progress. If the anti-car Green Party objects we can remind them that they only polled 2.2% of the vote nationally.

Anonymous said...

So...I suppose we will receive information on how we can get out of Worcester Park during the three day 'Lock In'...silly me...the Elctions are over so we will go back to being treated as mushrooms...kept in the dark and loads of that stuff poured on us...!

axlrocky said...

can we build a fort at the the hg wells, blockade ourselves in and declare ourselves an independent country! WP blogger can be king of the new Kingdom of Worcester Park!

WP_Lifer said...

I wonder, as residents, when we can expect to recieve official communication of this from the council? The week before perhaps?

Rick said...

Whilst there's no traffic flowing beneath it for several days, this would seem an ideal window of opportunity to finally, accurately measure the height of the railway bridge.

Unfortunately, this has proven to be a highly predictable mission impossible for both Laurel and Hardy - i.e. Kingston and Sutton Councils.

In any case, it would undoubtedly be a disorganised, costly, inefficient, Council Tax burning affair, so maybe Venner pre-school could make better use of this opportunity?

coffee man said...

Jeff, that's a great idea about the Cattle Arch, but it would also have to be high enough for the 213 to go through.This would enable Central Road to be a one way route on a permanent basis in order to get rid of the traffic grid lock once and for all !

JasonJHunter said...

Who knows, the diversion may actually be faster to get through to the A3 than Central Road and we may never switch back again ... lol

Jeff said...

There's an easy solution to the ongoing problem of traffic congestion in Worcester Park that most drivers will approve of I'm sure. Simply increase the speed limit to 50mph. If that doesn't get things moving nothing will. I'm surprised nobody has suggested it before.

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful, people can walk for a change.

Whilst they're at it, they can demolish the Green Lane lights and replace them with.....wait for it.... a normal road junction with no lights, sounds radical but it might just work.

Anonymous said...

This would be a great time to widen the road at the end of green lane, making it into a 2 lane junction.

It would mean shortening the pavement area outside the chip shop but would allow more traffic to actually get through the lights on to Central road.

David said...

So the road works will start on the Friday and finish off on the Bank Holiday Monday. This will be a first, after suffering the chaos in Ewell for weeks and the on going mess in Wimbledon for months, Worcester Park will be completed in four day. Given we have had holes in Green Lane open for days with minimum activity by the contractors, I suspect the chaos might last a little longer than being reported at this time. Come on gas board prove me wrong but your record shows you are the slowest utility company in completion of road repairs, you have been warned Worcester Park!

WP_Lifer said...

Do we know any more on this yet, as the alleged date of disruption is nearly upon us?

Anonymous said...

Jeff, grow up!

Jeff said...

I'm serious Anonymous, statistics prove that more accidents occur on roads with a 30mph limit than roads with a 50mph limit. So speed up the traffic through Central Road to 50mph, everyone gets to where they want quicker and there are less accidents too!
Except that nobody's going anywhere fast in Worcester Park over the Bank Holiday weekend (if I remember rightly) because they're closing the road completely under the railway bridge. And don't think you can bypass it on the Tolworth to Ewell road because it's down to one lane at the Organ Inn.

Anonymous said...

haven't seen any signs, so we must assume it has been postponed!!!.by the time they come to do all the work the pretty coloured markings will have worn away and it will all have to be done again. great UK planning what chance do we stand then with the dreaded Olympics in 2012.

Anonymous said...

Jeff, perhaps you are now going to claim that statistics show accidents at 50mph are much safer than accidents at 30 mph? Or insist that speed has never been a contributory factor in any accident? It sounds like you are well on your way to becoming a statistic.

axlwifey said...

Does anyone know (maybe wp blogger will) where we can check for updates, I've scoured the Sutton and Kingston councils websites without much luck and even tried TFL but I can't seem to find out anything about it, any ideas?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

axlwifey,i have also looked but could find nothing.i think they got cold feet with the chaos caused by the same type of works(gas) now being carried out at the 'Organ junction'on the Ewell by pass.which commenced on the 23rd August and due to last for 10 weeks !!!this could be the cause of the heavy traffic through WP over the last few days?
there is really no hope for civilisation as we know it . anarchy rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff said...

Anonymous, you should know by now that I make these statistics up as I go along, it's amazing what people will believe if you tell them it's a statistic. And I do agree that speed is a contributory factor to accidents, I drive everywhere at 45mph on 60/70mph out of town roads in my 1200cc 3-cylinder Spanish made car and the amount of accidents I must cause due to the frustration of drivers behind me doesn't bear thinking about.

Ian Morris said...

I have a feeling that Sutton Council/TFL/Whoever is in charge of this opperation have a cunning plan, and that will be to wait until the first week that the school kids go back to do it, just to make that journey to work that little bit easier!

Carl said...

So the Bank Holiday Weekend has been and gone, and no sign of a JCB anywhere near the junction...does anyone have any idea?

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