Surrey SM5 2JG
Surrey SM5 2JG
Recently there have been two serious accidents in Carshalton Village, one by the western end of the Pond Railings and an equally disturbing one at the junction of Carshalton Park Road with Beynon Road.
Cllr. Jill Whitehead reports: “Transport for London have told our Lib Dem GLA member Caroline Pidgeon, that the scheme to replace the railings was to address the issue that the old posts and rails were in a poor state of repair and, when hit by vehicles, were causing significant damage to the listed wall surrounding the ponds and were frequently requiring costly and lengthy repairs. The new posts are designed to shear at the base upon major vehicle impact, thereby minimising the damage to the wall. They are not designed to restrain vehicles from entering the ponds except as a visual deterrent or under very minor impact. The new system allows our contractors to replace any damaged sections promptly and with less disruption to traffic in the area. Following the recent incident at the western pond, the posts and rails are due to be replaced in the next few days”.
Cllr. Hamish Pollock has asked council highways officers to look again urgently into the accident “black spot” at the junction of Carshalton Park Road and Beynon Road. A few days’ ago a major traffic accident took place causing serious damage to a number of cars and the property(ies) near the junction. It appears that there was no serious injury to drivers, passengers or passers-by, thank goodness.
One local resident of Carshalton Park Road who raised their concerns said: “Steps were taken some years ago to slow the speed of traffic entering Carshalton Park Road (from the main road section to the minor road section) through (the) installation of additional bollards and a narrowing of the entrance. However, some cars continue to travel too quickly either into (the minor road section of) Carshalton Park Road or around the corner towards The Parade. In the last year another neighbour in Carshalton Park Road had their front wall destroyed by a car travelling in the other direction towards the Beynon Road junction. Within the last few years another wall was destroyed on the corner of Beynon and Salisbury Roads”.
More in a future posting…
Jill, Alan and Hamish recently took up local residents’ concerns about the considerable difficulties still being encountered in crossing the roads at the “Windsor Castle” junction on the A232 Red Route. This is of course where Park Hill, Carshalton Road, Pound Street and Beynon Road all meet, and we received the following message from the Council’s Highways Officer who has liaisd with Transport for London on this topic for us:-
“I can confirm that both the A232 and traffic signals (within London), are the responsibility of Transport for London (TfL). However, I refer to the 2 March 2011, when I received the following response from TfL, relating to a similar enquiry….. “The possibility of adding a pedestrian facility to this junction has been explored in the past but we have not been able to introduce this due to the impact on the capacity of the junction”. I have therefore cc’ed TfL into my response, so that they may confirm to you whether or not the situation has changed.”
Hamish handed in a petition at the Council about 20 years ago during a previous stint as ward councillor for Carshalton Central and was given more or less the same response! In those days the road was under the Council’s control until the Greater London Authority Act (c. 1998/9, we think it was) transferred the responsibility of the road junction and the A232 to Transport for London.
Following concerns raised by local residents, the Focus Team asked the Council’s licensing officers to investigate the alleged “goings-on” at the car showroom in Beynon Road, which has recently changed hands. On Friday, 9th March 2012, a Council Enforcement Officer attended the premises and spoke to the new operator as two vehicles were being advertised for sale on the street.
The showroom operator was advised of the street trading legislation and was made to remove all the for sale signs from the vehicles. He now has the option to apply for a street trading licence and if he does the ward councillors will be consulted. The enforcement officer have been asked to keep an eye on the premises when they are in the area but residents are asked to please feel free to get in touch with local councillors if they feel any problems arise again.
A232 Pound Street/High Street – Railing Replacement Works
Transport for London has appointed EnterpriseMouchel to carry out works on the A232 Pound Street/High Street adjacent to Carshalton Ponds. The works will begin on Monday 23 January 2012 and, weather permitting, will be completed by mid March 2012. The works involve replacing the old heritage-style posts and railings around the ponds and resurfacing of the A232 Pound Street and part of Carshalton Road.
Railing Replacement Works
The old railings will be replaced with new identical posts and rails installed at a uniform height and set into a concrete foundation. In the event of further vehicle impacts, the new posts are designed to shear at the base helping to reduce the damage to the brick wall surrounding the ponds. Damaged sections of post and rail can then be replaced promptly resulting in less disruption to those travelling in the area.
In order to undertake the railing replacement works it will be necessary to close the westbound lane of the A232 between the junctions with The Square and West Street. Traffic will be directed to use Park Lane, Ruskin Road, Carshalton Park Road and Beynon Road but access will still be permitted to Carshalton High Street as far as The Square. Temporary traffic signals will be used to control eastbound A232 traffic and traffic exiting from North Street. The traffic management arrangement will remain in place 24 hours a day and 7 days a week until the works are completed.
Please note that it may also be necessary for TFL to completely close the A232 Pound Street/ High Street and North Street (at its junction with the A232) between the hours of 20.30 and 05.00 for 2-3 nights during the works. Temporary signs will be put out on site at the appropriate times to show the local diversions. A232 traffic will be directed to use Park Lane/ Ruskin Road/ Carshalton Park Road/ Beynon Road and North Street traffic will be directed to use Nightingale Road/ Hackbridge Road/ London Road and Manor Road North Road as a diversion.
The railing replacement works are, weather permitting, due to be completed on Friday 2 March 2012.
The A232 Pound Street and Carshalton Road are to be resurfaced between the junctions of North Street and Alma Road. The works will be undertaken at night under road closures and will follow the completion of the railing replacement works. A separate letter with details of the dates and traffic management arrangements will be sent out to local residents and traders nearer the time
TfL say that it is firmly committed to minimising disruption. We appreciate that a certain level of disruption is inevitable and they have worked closely with EnterpriseMouchel and Sutton Council in order to reduce the impact of these works on road users and local people as far as possible.
TfL apologise in advance for any inconvenience that these essential works may cause. Should you require any further information or an update during the delivery of these works please contact TfL’s Streets Customer Services department on 0845 305 1234 or via their website at www.tfl.gov.uk/contact
The above information was received from Peter Fletcher, MQT & Information Co-Ordinator | Strategic Relationship Management Centre, Surface Transport Communications, Transport for London, Zone Y7, 11th Floor, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ. Tel: 0203 054 2060 (int 82060) E-mail: email@example.com Web site: www.tfl.gov.uk
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