Thursday, 18 July 2013

Finally Fixing The Hole

Well there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the large hole in the road outside Worcester Park Station is being fixed. The bad news is that it is causing traffic mayhem of an order of magnitude greater than just the usual traffic mayhem.

Work began at around 11 o’clock this morning and is scheduled to be finished tomorrow evening. A four way temporary traffic signal has been put in place and all the crossing points over Malden Road to the station have been closed.

The hole, which is the result of a collapsed sewer, opened up at the beginning of last week and it has apparently taken this long for Thames Water and Metrorod (the contractor doing the work) to get the necessary permission from the two local Councils and the other various necessary bodies to start the work of digging up the road and replacing the pipe. According to the gentleman who was supervising their lunch break today (or it might have been a tea break) it takes that long for all the paperwork to go through the system.

The resulting traffic was banked all the way up Cheam Common Road as far as Farm Road when I went past and this was at a usually benign part of the day traffic wise. This in itself has led to 'yellow box' hogging at Green Lane and incidents of shouting a swearing at other drivers (is that classed as road rage?). I don’t know if it was a coincidence or because all the cars were stuck in the traffic but Stone Place Car Park was the emptiest I have ever seen it during the day. I would encourage everyone driving to avoid the area until the work is completed.

Thanks to a blog reader for some of the photos!

Update (around 5pm - 18th July)

The traffic is so bad toiday it has made the local papers as being the 'worst ever':

Update (19th July around 5:45pm)

Thanks to a blog reader who reported that the hole was filled in by around 4pm. I went past at about 4:20 and noticed the yellow line had been repainted on the patch. So fingers crossed it won't be long.

The weirdest thing was that this afternoon Central Road was almost deserted. It looked as if it was a bank holiday. All the traffic is stuck on the other side of the road works snaking its was down Malden Road  so very little can actually get through into Central Road, leaving it like a ghost town.