Monday, 10 June 2013

Central Road Works Update

There is so much road work going on along Central Road today that I am putting all in one long posting rather dotted across several. 

To start with, a few days ago the three way lights were removed from the St. Philips Avenue, leaving us a little breathing space and some not-quite-finished improvements to the spot where they had been. This morning at around 9am the three way lights returned for a repeat performance at Balmoral Road while they are putting in a second pedestrian crossing near where the lollipop man usually does his shift looking after the children from Cheam Common Infants & Juniors School.
One worried reader has written in to say:
“Our poor lollipop man is now taking his life in his hands trying to help us across the main road, & today the way the cars were speeding round the single-laned bend, really made me feel nervous as I walked my young son home. I really do feel this was very poor planning by the 'powers that be', & although I understand the drivers' frustration & wish to get through quickly (often being in the same position myself), I would like them to please drive more carefully through the single lane, especially at school run time.”
I hope people will take note.

However on a positive note, we are really starting to see the benefits of all these works. The tree areas are being finished off with what I can only guess is pebble dashing (I hope that's not coming into fashion again) but it does actually look good (in my humble opinion) in this setting, and the newly planted shrub areas look really good too.

Meanwhile down the hill, outside the Royal British Legion, the small clump of trees next to the clean air measuring station (the big green box thingy) has been pulled out and taken away. The gentlemen doing the work there informed me that these trees had become a little bit dangerous and were leaning and that new trees were going to be put in after the work is done there.

And finally, all the way down the road and under both bridges, resurfacing work has begun on Malden Road. They have had to start by reinforcing certain sections of the road which have apparently been dug up by utility companies by not properly concreted again afterwards. This section (on the left here) is the first of six sections that will need to be done before the resurfacing can begin. Afterwards the actual resurfacing will be done in 100 metre stretches.

Readers will be pleased to know they are confident that it will be done by 23rd of July when it is scheduled to be finished (even if they are not so pleased about hold ups and delays in the meanwhile…)