Thursday, 21 November 2013

Depressing Outcome

About a week ago a blog reader tweeted to let me know (@worcesterpark) that the stone on one of the new 'crossings' on Cheam Common Road (opposite Balmoral Road) was starting to break up again. I went to have a look and noted that some of the flat stones had sunk a little but thought it was better to keep an eye on them and see if it got any worse. Today when I looked there seemed to be some real deterioration. A section of four stones have sunk, some by what seems a few centimetres. The mortar around these has completely broken and another stone has cracked.

This is not the first time these new crossings have failed to stand up to the traffic in Cheam Common and Central Roads. Readers will remember the stone edges breaking and crumbling within a few months of being installed resulting in the temporary traffic lights having to be brought in again to replace the stones and hopefully fix the underlying problem.

It would unfortunately appear that underlying problems were not all fixed. In addition to the sinking stones, the stone edges are once again starting to break - all these pictures were taken this morning. Admittedly they have lasted longer than a couple of months this time, but not a great deal longer.

6 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Alex said...

Surely, after the materials have failed twice, it should be apparent (even to those in Sutton Council's ivory tower that is the Outer London Fund) that the decorative materials utilised for this purpose just can't handle the weight of loaded HGVs and buses? Yes they look nice (briefly), but stone designed to take the weigh of pedestrians simply isn't strong or hardwearing enough to stand the compression that heavy vehicles inflict on the road.

Last time around, an attempt was made to beef up the asphalt ramp to the crossing, which obviously hasn't worked [and surely it was obvious it wouldn't stop the brickwork splintering and cracking under the weight of the traffic because it was simply TOO HEAVY?] Rather than continue to keep digging up and replacing the same unsuitable materials, how about putting the road back to how it was and simply PAINTING the red crossing band across the road? [And before the money runs out!]
Given that these crossings are 'fake', just there to give the impression of a crossing, instead of the brickwork, a wide strip of red/brown paint between the traffic island and each side of the road would present exactly the same 'illusion' of a crossing... and it should both last longer and be dramatically cheaper to replace with a new coating of paint when it does need renewing.

Like so much else that the Outer London Fund has touched, it seems as though a £2.3 million windfall that should have been utilised to try alleviate some of the problems (namely parking and traffic) was seen merely as an excuse to go on a reckless shopping spree. The result has been a bundle of short-term, superficial and impractical schemes that have made no improvement: and in some cases have actually managed to make a bad situation worse!

Martin said...

Alex, I totally agree.......if you want to see even more money wasted take a look at the 'Greenway' in Tolworth Broadway.....

HIGHDOWN said...

"Green me up Tommy" - Euphemism for show me the money as the SEW crew are the only ones smiling about this.

I am sorry but how a striped green "path" running along the centre of 4 lanes of busy traffic on the A240 Kingston Road ever got planning is beyond me and makes me feel like writing an angry letter to someone who probably couldn't give a **** .

Bovvers said...

Yes, this problem with block paving on a road used by heavy vehicles was noted a very long time ago when New Malden got its lovely makeover in the High Street. You'd think that the very intelligent planners would have clocked this.................... Our councils sure know how to waste money.

Maria (Manor Drive) said...

I agree with all your (and others) comments on this matter. Has anyone noticed that there is a hole (or possibly subsidence) in the road outside the old Midas Touch pub. A lot of heavy traffic passes over this spot.

Kingsmead said...

I had a look this morning and noticed that BOTH of the crossings are showing clear signs of landslip and decay, whilst the cement between some of the brickwork is now completely absent in places.

Falling apart after just a few months - and they haven't even faced a Winter yet! They seem to be not just 'pretend' crossings, but also that they were constructed by 'pretend' builders!

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