Monday, 25 November 2013

Traffic Watch

The Stone place car park one way system which was supposed to be a trial until November is now being monitored. A traffic counter has been installed at the Central Road entrance to Stone Place and temporary cameras have been put up to see and record the the actual traffic so the council can decide if there is actually a problem or if everything is still hunky dory.

Cameras are watching both entrances, and anyone wandering in Windsor Road is likely to be caught from several angles at once...so be on your best behaviour...

If you don't like the new one way system and wish it would just go away, there is still a petition you can sign which can be found here.

11 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Alex said...

Since the Council never bothered to install cameras and counters BEFORE the changes, it's difficult to see how the results can be assessed against anything - what will this prove? [Other than demonstrating Sutton Council want to avoid admitting they got this badly wrong at all costs?] Anyone who lives anywhere near Windsor Road knows the changes have emptied the car park - by simply moving all the traffic to the surrounding streets - creating gridlock in the surrounding residential area.
Is the Council seriously expecting residents to be believe Council statistics and disbelieve their own eyes? The truth is patently clear: this was an ill-judged decision, based on woefully insufficient research (if any). Sutton's Outer London Fund Team need to stop playing with these toys and fix the problem that they have created, and without any more deliberation, delays and dodging responsibility.

Sol said...

I actually live on Windsor Road, and the other day I couldn't even get out of the car parking space, because my car happened to be facing towards the direction of travel. It's ludicrous, it was never this bad! Hopefully they can fix this.

jocypri said...

I totally feel your pain there. I live on Hampton Road and was watching someone at the Windsor Road end try and get their car out the other morning - it's totally impossible when the road is already clogged with trapped drivers trying to get out.

Alan Earl said...

Did anything come of this?

Simon Densley (Blogger, Consv) said...

The OLF board chose to ignore local residents and voted to keep the current system in place but review it again in a year's time.

Alan Earl said...

Thanks, will just have to think about moving as the traffic in WP high street is abysmal

Simon Densley (Blogger, Consv) said...

Or you could try voting Tory. If enough of us get in we will be able to do something sooner.

One-way numbers and facts said...

The counters revealed by bottlenecking all vehicles through one exit, now leads to nearly 700 cars passing on to Windsor Road (a residential road) daily during two hour periods and recorded without fail daily pre-6-7am deliveries. The counters also showed that it could take a car nearly 40 mins to travel between Yoga Way and Central Road in the mornings. The response of the OLF board (who implemented this system and where Lib Dem members had the majority vote) was that this was "acceptable" and there was "nothing they could do about it". Reversing the one-way system, which they implemented, was not considered a solution! As Simon notes, local residents will have to endure all these cars passing their properties and being woken up pre-6am by HGVs for the next year, until reviewed again. I wonder, how many cars and what time of the morning will be considered "unacceptable"? As far as I can see, this trial was arbitrarily concluded based on voting members own agendas, not local feedback or the numbers revealed in their own survey.
One solution to reduce the HGV noise offered by the Lib Dem chair, was to remove the speed bumps on Yoga Way. When it was pointed out that the speed bumps were a safety measure for pedestrians walking that route, the response was loosely 'you have a choice between noise and speed reduction'
...concerning isn't it!
(To note I am a local resident, experiencing the fail-out of this one-way system everyday)

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

Hi Alan,
The local Conservative team have opposed this from the very start in fact it was me that started the petition to get this is abysmal system reversed. Simon (also a WP Conservative) is right. The Liberal have chosen to ignore the local residents. However, saying that on May the 22nd if the electorate returns a majority conservative local committee we will review this matter urgently with a view to reversing the decision. The Conservative WP Team have also met with Boris Johnson our traffic and economic plans for the town have been endorsed by him too. We have also spoken to Kingston Councillors to discuss a cross border approach to the traffic solution in Central Road. The Liberals have done nothing but tinker around the edges for 30 years. We have a plan. We believe we can pull it off, but we need your votes on May 22nd.

Stewart Mackay Conservative WP said...

Hi Alan,
The local Conservative team have opposed this from the very start in fact it was me that started the petition to get this is abysmal system reversed. Simon (also a WP Conservative) is right. The Liberal have chosen to ignore the local residents. However, saying that on May the 22nd if the electorate returns a majority conservative local committee we will review this matter urgently with a view to reversing the decision. The Conservative WP Team have also met with Boris Johnson our traffic and economic plans for the town have been endorsed by him too. We have also spoken to Kingston Councillors to discuss a cross border approach to the traffic solution in Central Road. The Liberals have done nothing but tinker around the edges for 30 years. We have a plan. We believe we can pull it off, but we need your votes on May 22nd...

Guest D said...

Stewart, you will have to stop saying everything twice, everything twice ;-).

Not doubting your intentions, but there seems to be one major factor missing regarding Windsor Road and that is the impact of traffic originating in Epsom and Ewell and going on the figures given that must be significant.

What are your plans for either bringing them in on this or throttling the flow from that direction?

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