Monday, 11 November 2013

Shops Late To Open Due To Traffic

Many shops in Central Road opened their doors later than normal today due to the extraordinary volume of traffic this morning - even by Central Road Standards. People simple couldn't get to their shops to open them on time after an accident between two cars closed one lane of the A3 at Hook.

The view up Cheam Common Road
Many side roads were jammed with cars that just couldn't get out into Central Road. Traffic was gridlocked all the way up to Cheam village. The manager of one local bank had to walk from there after the 213 he was on decided to terminate there and turn around as it was obvious it just wasn't going to move any further towards Worcester Park. Many people just parked their cars in whichever side street they could reach and find a space and walked the rest of the way.

A man in his 50s was taken to Kingston Hospital with back injuries following the accident which happened between 6:00 and 6:30am this morning. Traffic was just starting to ease off around 11am.

Update (Monday afternoon)

There was also a lorry fire on the M25 which closed three lanes of the clockwise carriageway. The fire which broke out at around 5:30am between junctions 10 and 11 (for the A3 and Chertsey) was caused by the brakes in the trailer overheating. Queues were back to halfway between junctions 9 and 8 with the lanes opening back up again around 7:30. There was a lot of damage to the articulated lorry which was carrying plastic pallets and a lot of acrid, toxic smoke.

This undoubtedly had an impact on our traffic situation as well.