Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Holy Tarmac!


Anyone passing Worcester Park station on Malden Road (particularly heading towards Central Road) can’t help but have noticed the road narrows to one lane and there is a remote little ‘island’ barricaded  off just at the entrance to the station.  Within this small triangular realm there is a rather large and deep hole in the road. Obviously the relevant authorities know it’s there because it has been blocked off. 
Why then, being a major ‘A’ road, has there not been a team of pot hole fillers attending to it immediately? Don’t they know this road gets a little busy around this time?





Update (17th July)


Now it's an even bigger hole...

12 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Guest said...

It has been there since Monday and traffic has been backed up to the A3 roundabout!

guest said...

Looking at your photo, it is a road collapse, rather than a pothole. So I guess they need to do an investigation before filling it in, in case it suddenly turns into a sink hole or a car gets washed away in a raging Beverley Brook :-)

Bovvers said...

Typical Kingston Council, inefficient, incapable, lazy and couldn't care less as long as we keep paying our overpriced council tax.

Guest 2 said...

My thoughts exactly: the material beneath the surface has been eroded away (presumably by water) to leave a void, which leads the road surface to suddenly collapse. Look up 'sinkhole' on Google and prepare to be amazed by how large they can get!
It seems unlikely that just this small area has uniquely decayed, since the wider area was completed at the same time, using the same materials and is subject to the same weather and passing vehicles.
BUT... on second thoughts, it's easy for Kingston Council to simply fill in the hole and then throw up their hands in surprise when a bigger one appear, just s a few yards away!

Guest 2 said...

That's not due the sinkhole - that's neighbouring Sutton Council's half-mile of cones bringing Central Road to a crawl, with their idea of turning the High Street pavements into some kind of botanical garden (or something similar).

Let's hope they have put some thought into garden maintenance.

Spud said...

well, I hope they do their investigating prompt sharp because the traffic chaos caused by it is horrific. That road is continuously being dug up somewhere along it. Oh for a Worcester Park bypass......

Jenjen said...

Please make do and mend

guest said...

I was under the impression that main roads were the responsibility of TfL.

andy said...

Congratulations KINGSTON COUNCIL.

On the 18th July 2013 ( this Thursday ) you will have caused a loss to industry of over £1,000.000 because of your LACK OF ACTION in repairing the pot-hole outside of Worcester Park Station. THURSDAY IS DAY ELEVEN !

To help you adjust to the real Wolrd on the costs of motoring, here are the maths:

On average 2 vehicles per second pass by the junction between 7am and 7pm. During a weekday it's more - and on a weekend less - but the average is around 2 per second.

So; that's 120 vehicles per minute OR 7,200 per hour. Over a twelve hour period this equates to 86,400 vehicles per day which WILL HAVE BEEN DELAYED by approximately 6 minutes. Some will have been delayed by more during any given period and, some by less but lets put the average at 6 minutes.

THE MATHS: 86,400 vehicles per day times 6 minutes equals 518,400 minutes or in easier to understand terms, 8,640 man/woman/person hours lost per day whilst stuck in traffic.

If the average pay ( earnings ) of each driver is set at £11 per hour ( yes I know; some drivers will be unemployed but then some will be on more than double that - we have to take an average ) - then 8,640 hours lost x £11 = £95,040 LOST TO INDUSTRY PER DAY ! That's £950,400 lost in ten days and based on only ONE person travelling in each car. These figures may well be higher.

Based on the above - THIS THURSDAY WE WILL CROSS THE £1 million mark. I have not worked out the wasted petrol/diesel costs - nor the cost to the environment in terms of polution but Kingston Councils' attutude to the motorist in Worcester Park now appears to be more than clear. It is one of NEGLECT - I am sorry to say. Perhaps if we were to push up the Sutton Council border toward the New Malden rounabout we would all get a better service. Ohh - let's all dream on ...

Thank you Kingston Council. Thanks a bunch.

Andrew.

Central Road Central Gridlock said...

Look on the bright side:

Whilst you're stuck in traffic, moving inch by inch around Kingston Council's sinkhole and the endless cones surrounding Sutton Council's new 'dying gardens of Babylon'...

Whilst you're stuck with the end result of listening to the drone of your engine pushing out emissions...

DO take the opportunity to admire the 'Low Emission Zone' signs as you pass Green Lane and DO try to convince yourself that you should believe the signs and not your eyes, ears or vehicle's engine, fuel or temperature gauges.

Dave said...

Well everyone's blaming RBK, and they may be right, but I still have the impression that main roads are the responsibility of TfL.

Reasons for the lack of action might include :
Waiting to see if it gets worse, as it surely will.
Preparing for a major closure so that the whole site can be excavated.
In either case, the present situation seems an appropriate way to proceed.

Andy's calculation of "loss to industry" is spurious as most of the drivers would not be being paid during the delay, and all companies who have employees on the road will build in the cost of traffic delays. Equally spurious is the grossing up of a supposed "2 vehicles a second" to a daily figure. Writing so much in capital letters indicates a rant rather than a sound argument. Never heard of netiquette?

guest said...

The answer is yes and no TFL are responsible for all Red Routes and all Trunk Roads (eg A24, A3) but not all A roads. The road may be jointly the responsibility of Kingston and Sutton Councils.

You are right that the calculation is spurious, it implies an average speed of 27.8 miles an hour assuming a 10' car. Which is impossible as the lights would have to be green 100% of the time and no cars turning right restricting the number of lanes to acheive that figure without breaking the law.

I for one would like it fixed quickly, but properly and I suspect to fix it properly will mean at least a partial road closure.

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