Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Water Joke!

They were billed as the roadworks to end all roadworks.

At the start of 2011 an army of road cones, diversion signs and heavy digging equipment marched into Central Road and for months on end unleashed their horror on the good people of Worcester Park.

This, we were told, was the new 'clever way' of doing things. 

Gone, they said, were the days of contractors digging up the road and repairing it only for another bunch of high-viz warriors to ride into town and churn up the very same section all over again. Instead, these were to be essential coordinated works - gas mains, water mains and electricity mains replacement works would all be done at the same time. 

Ladies and gentlemen [drum roll please] we give you not one, not two, but three utilities companies working together as never before. Yes, it would be horrendous. Yes, the traffic would be even more diabolical than usual. But it only had to be done once, and that then we could all live happily ever after.

We just had to bite down hard on our collective pillows as the sticking plaster of roadworks was ripped slowly from the hairy leg of Worcester Park. Then it would all be over, we could go about our daily lives unimpeded and tell heroic stories to our children, and our childrens' children, about how we came together and survived the Big Dig of 2011.

That, unfortunately, is not where the story ends.

Just weeks after the end of the massive essential coordinated roadworks comes news that Worcester Park is braced for 7 months of traffic chaos as Central Road is to be dug up yet again for replacement of water mains and connections to properties.

The works in Central Road are set to begin on 25th July, and will be ongoing until March 2012. Works will initially begin on the south side of Central Road, running from the junction with Lynwood Drive (by Barclays Bank) up to the junction with Balmoral Road (by Sainsburys Local).

Works will then take place along the other side of Central Road, running from the junction with Longfellow Road (by Halifax Bank) up to the junction with Lindsay Road (by The Vin Bin). 

The duration of the replacement works will see temporary traffic lights in Central Road which will be manually controlled during peak hours. 

There will also be temporary closures of a number of side roads at their junction with Central Road: Lynwood Drive, Longellow Road, Caldbeck Avenue, Washington Road, Brinkley Road, St Philips Avenue, Stone Place, Windsor Road and Balmoral Road. 

Let the digging commence...