Thursday, 6 February 2014

Water Time For Roadworks

It looks like Worcester Park's dedicated temporary traffic light system is to be dusted down after a short time in storage. What appeared to be an innocuous hole being dug next to the entrance to Stone Place looks likely to expand into a fully fledged digging up of Central Road in order to fix a leaking water main.

The gentleman I spoke to said he was waiting for Thames Water to arrive to confirm both that the leak was coming from around the middle of the main road and also that it was a Thames Water mains pipe (as apparently there is another water company's pipe - possibly Sutton and East Surrey Water under there too.)

Assuming this is all confirmed we should be seeing the pedestrian lights outside Costa Coffee switched off and Central Road reduced to a single alternating lane of traffic, just about in time for this evening's rush hour. And what with the tube strike causing even more traffic as people have no option but to drive, I'm guessing a lot of people will be refamiliarising themselves with the appearance of the vegetation along Malden Road this afternoon. It almost feels nostalgic.

The gentleman said that this should take less than a day to complete so *hopefully* you might get to complete tonight's journey home by lunch time tomorrow.

Update (around 4:30pm)

So far none of the activities leading to the threatened traffic armageddon have materialised. I noticed earlier this afternoon that the van had gone and there was no one to ask about what was now happening.

As you can see here, a short while ago the answer to that question would be 'nothing right now'. That's not to say there will still not be any disruption as we head into the evening. However it is looking less likely to me. I will keep you updated. But for now, it seems you might be safe to get in your car and head in a Worcester Parkly direction...

Update (around 9:50pm)

Well rush hour has come and gone (as has dinner time, and nearly bed time) and a collective sigh of relief has been breathed across Worcester Park as there has been no sign of the promised disruptions. Though they still might descend on us tomorrow...

Update (Friday Morning - 7th February)

Still no major roadworks - but the hole is still in the pavement...


Meah... it was nothing... hole filled in, all gone. False alarm... Nothing to see here...