Sunday, 13 March 2011

Cone Not Cope

It's good to see that in amongst the cone forest of Worcester Park our beloved workmen are still at it on a Sunday. By 'at it' I mean sitting around chatting on their mobiles. Not all of them were chatting on their phones, to be fair  - one was asleep in the cab of his vehicle and another was texting.

If the misery of driving through the roadworks is getting you down, spare a thought for Worcester Park's local traders whose trade is taking a considerable from the disruption caused by the roadworks. I pity, in particular, The Midas Touch which is all but hidden behind cones and safety fencing.

Must pop in there soon for one of their £5 lunches - a good way to spend that crisp £5 note I found lying on the pavement at the end of Green Lane this afternoon. Apologies if that was yours!

19 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Shelokay said...

I often walk past the blocked off section at the end of green lane, and only a handful of times seen someone there!
In all the weeks the roadworks have been there, very little seems to have happened in that blocked off section.. they dug a hole, then another, and now some paving has appeared.. not bad for what 6 weeks work?

Anonymous said...

I suspect trade is being suffered more by the Midas's attitude towards their customers. I used to meet friends in there weekly but we have changed the venue due to bar prices being unlawfully increased on more than one occasion and the general atmosphere. It's a shame because there are not many local alternatives.

Lord Cynic of Lindsay said...

Give me my fiver back !

Anonymous said...

I have driven past the roadworks 12 times a week since they started. At about 7.30 in the morning and at 6.30 at night, except Saturdays when my return journey is about noon. I have only once seen any "work" going on and that was last week when a digger was in operation. Maybe the times I drive past aren't in normal working hours, but considering the disruption this is causing you'd have thought they could put a double shift on to get it over with in half the time. Has anyone actually seen much work occurring? It would be interesting to know.

Gobbo said...

I went past this evening at about 8.30pm and the workmen were still there. They have taken down the temporary traffic lights so hopefully traffic should improve.

Anonymous said...

STOP PRESS: The contraflow has gone !!! Trafic moving smoothly this morning at 6.40am

Barbyk said...

I love the MIdas Touch

Carl said...

"Anonymous said...
STOP PRESS: The contraflow has gone !!! Trafic moving smoothly this morning at 6.40am"

So these contractors are also miracle workers? Since when did traffic flow smoothly in WP? :)

Worcester Homes said...

Talking on mobiles is essential to completing road works on time and on occasion, even ahead of schedule. To the untrained eye, it may appear to be "idle timewasting", but it is in fact vital part of the asphalt renewal process ;)

Anonymous said...

Can we please keep the traffic system as it is i.e green lane closed - Loving the journey to work now!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to all you drivers- i know this has been a pain for you, but i agree with anonymous above. Walking down Green Lane has been so much nicer without you! Makes you realise how better it is without the constant noise and traffic. I'm really not looking forward to the road being opened again. Can't you all just stick to whatever alternative route you've found and we can close Green lane permanently!

Anonymous said...

S3 should run as normal on monday 21 st March so qualityline bus company have said. I hope this isnt nonsense lets hope everything is back to normall for the children and adults using the S3 AS IT HAS BEEN A NIGHTMARE .

Anonymous said...

Who'd be a workman(or woman!): working in public with everyone watching over your shoulder criticising you for daring to take a minutes break or not getting up at the crack of dawn to start work.....yawn!

Anonymous said...

more often it would be great to see a workman/woman)whether public or even private on this work .with a little bit of imagination/planning it could have been completed in half the time.

Over Paid said...

MIdas Touch....£5 cheap lunch !!! Then you're ripped off for a pint £3.50..Resession what ressesion?

Little Smiff said...

Well here we are 22nd March and the roadworks show very little sign of being completed, in fact Green Lane was still being dug up on Saturday! Also there is no sign of the scheduled installation of the new speed tables that were to be installed in Green Lane. That probably won't happen now until the junction is reopened then it will give LB Sutton a chance to close the road again at some point. Looking at the condition of the repairs around the holes that have been dug up I cannot help but wonder how long it will be before the tarmac crews are back filling in the sunken sections that are prevelant from previous repairs. All in all these road closures are a missed opportunity by both LB Sutton and RBK to completely refurbish and resurface the road between the station and Green Lane. Anybody got any idea (officially) as to when these works will be completed? Finally in response to Anon who suggested after my January posting that I "get a life" the whole point is that I have a life and don't want to waste it sitting in unnecessary, time consuming and costly queues.

The Parkerilla said...

I see that both Green Lane and The Avenue are now reopen at their junctions with Central Rd (Monday morning 28 March). But I saw no traffic in Green lane, word obviously hasn't got around yet.

Anonymous said...

Any ideas about when Lynwood Drive might re-open? I'm getting a bit fed up of driving past that mound of sand which seems to be keeping it closed.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the pavement on the side next to the station is about to be redone - given how long it's taken so far there's a lot of joy ahead.

Hopefully now the post will get back to normal - no packages for over a week!

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