King’s Lane Railway Bridge Inspection starting on 8th June

Dear Councillor,
In order to carry out the Kings Lane Railway Bridge Inspection works the London Borough of Sutton intends to make a Temporary Traffic Management Order. You can view the Public Notice of Intent, draft order and plan by visiting our web site, selecting “View our Temporary Traffic Orders and Notices” and under the reference Kings Lane – Railway Bridge Inspection T11173/S173.
Further information on the temporary restrictions which will come into operation on Monday 8 June 2015 and with the works expected to take four nights to complete can be obtained from Martin French Network Manager on (tel 020 8770 6426020 8770 6426)

Kind Regards

Lloyd Foster
Business Support Officer
Street-works and Traffic Management
London Borough of Sutton
24 Denmark Road

Telephone: +44 (020 8770 5453020 8770 5453) Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

A232 Carshalton Road Roadworks Night-Time Diversions 9pm-5.30am from Monday 22nd July 2013


Transport for London who are accountable to the Greater London Assembly and The London Mayor (not Sutton Council) have applied a ROAD WORKS traffic order on the A232 Red Route for a road diversion for night time working in our part of Carshalton between King’s Lane and Alma Road with effect from Monday, 22nd July 2013. Traffic will be diverted as per the message below. 

The plans we’ve been sent can be viewed by clicking on the three links below.

1054134-TM-100-001  1054134-TM-100-002 1054134-TM-100-003 


Made                                                        5th July 2013

Coming into force                                   22nd July 2013

Transport for London in exercise of the powers conferred by section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984a, and of all other enabling powers, hereby makes the following Order:-

1.      This Order may be cited as The A217 and A232 GLA Roads (St Dunstan’s Hill and Carshalton Road, London Borough of Sutton) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic and Stopping) Order 2013, and shall come into force on the 22nd July 2013.

2.      This Order is made because Transport for London is satisfied that traffic in the London Borough of Sutton should be prohibited from making certain movements and stopping on or near  A217 St Dunstan’s Hill and A232 Carshalton Road because works are being executed.

3.      Between 22nd July 2013 and 12th December 2013 every night from 9:00 PM to 5:30 AM or when those works have been completed, whichever is the sooner, subject to the provisions of article 4 below, no person shall cause or permit any vehicle to:

(1)        proceed on A217 St Dunstan’s Hill and Oldfields Road between their junctions with High Street and Sutton Common Road. Local access only will be maintained;

(2)        enter or exit A217 St Dunstan’s Hill at its junction with Lumley Road, Alma Crescent, Church Hill Road, Alberta Avenue;

(3)        stop on A217 St Dunstan’s Hill between its junctions with Alma Crescent and Lumley Road;

(4)        enter or exit A232 Carshalton Road at its junction with Ringstead Road, Weihurst Gardens, King’s Lane, Alma Road, Oxford Road, Harrow Road, Highfield Road. Local access will be maintained;

(5)        enter, exit or proceed on A232 Carshalton Road between its junctions with Highfield Road and Alma Road. Local access will be maintained;

(6)        stop on A232 Carshalton Road between its junctions with Alma Road and King’s Lane

4.      (1) The provisions of article 3 above shall apply only during such times and to such extent as may from time to time be indicated by traffic signs.

(2)        The provisions specified in article 3 above shall not apply in respect of:

(i)        any vehicle being used for the purposes of those works;

(ii)      any vehicle on any occasion when it is being used for fire brigade, ambulance or police purposes if the observance of those provisions would hinder the use of the vehicle;

(iii)    anything done with the permission or at the direction of a police constable in uniform or a person authorised by Transport for London.

5.      At such times as the traffic prohibitions are in force alternative routes will be indicated by traffic signs.

Dated this 5th day of July 2013

Mark Beasley

Head of Planned Interventions

Transport for London

Streetcare Survey

Local Cllrs. Jill Whitehead and Hamish Pollock undertook a street care survey of some roads on Friday morning, 28th June 2013 and we have reported the following matters:-

Cllr. Jill Whitehead at the Kings Lane south bridge where the pavement was widened by Sutton Council recently

Cllr. Jill Whitehead at the Kings Lane south bridge where the pavement was widened by Sutton Council recently

1) Waterloo Road, Sutton:  Yellow lines very worn at junction with Sutton Grove and white parking bay lines very worn outside 20-22 Waterloo Road.
2) Junction of Waterloo Road and Sutton Grove: the white lines and Give Way signs painted on road are very worn.
3) Kings Lane bridge (north) asked that the council clear weeds on the east side near Weihurst Gardens junction.
4) Kings Lane bridge (south) to clear weeds and renew double yellow lines worn on both sides approaching bridge from the Warren Park side.
5) Kings Lane southbound lane heading towards the south bridge a “SLOW” sign is required on road. We observed speeding cars at this point.
6) Next to no. 19 Kings Lane by the alleyway entrance the “No cycling” sign is very worn away and the supporting pole is very rusted away – could this be replaced?
7) Hawthorn Road: Lots of weeds in the gutter outside no. 24.
8) Harrow Road: we noted lots of excessive basal growth to street trees outside numbers 54/56 and 58/60, and also outside 62/64. We asked the council to please try to keep hollyhocks at the latter location!
9) The junction of Harrow Road on the west side junction with Carshalton Road. Could the area by the advert sign be tidied- TfL responsibility perhaps? Lots of long grass and weeds which are very unsightly!
10) Ringstead Road: Please could the broken kerb be mended by the street tree near to 14 Ringstead Road, north of the junction with Croft Road.
 11) Outside no. 75 Westmead Road lots of weeds noted on pavement outside the QVS depot/yard entrance.
12) Harold Road: The hedge by the pavement on the west side of road leading to Benhill Recreation Ground needs clipping back to the chain link fence line.  

Highways Repairs: King’s Lane, Wrythe Lane, Milton Avenue, Rotherfield Road and elsewhere…

Jill, Alan and Hamish have been asking for potholes to be repaired in various parts of the Carshalton Central neighbourhood in quite a number of areas following the cold winter and cold spring with the frost often breaking up the road surfaces and sometimes pavement surfaces…

Locations include the section of Wrythe Lane near West Street, Carshalton, and Milton Avenue, Sutton.  There has been a recent outbreak of orange markings in roads and on pavements in our ward from the borders with Sutton Central ward down to West Street – indicating where potholes wait to be repaired. Repairs in the area in and around Rotherfield Road were undertaken on Friday 3rd May 2013, for instance.  Cllr. Jill Whitehead says: “We have also asked for the pot holes in King’s Lane between the two railway bridges to be dealt with”.

King’s Lane South Bridge Highways Safety Improvements

Last Thursday, 10th January the two Sutton South ward Liberal Democrat councillors met some local residents and the Council’s traffic engineers at the King’s Lane south bridge to inspect the proposed works and discuss the practicalities of implementation. Alan, Jill and Hamish mention this as King’s Lane south bridge is right on the border with our Carshalton Central ward.

Following discussions with residents, the original proposal to build out the kerb on both sides at the Hillcroome Road end (shown above) has been reduced, with a bollard and kerb build out on the left hand side in the above picture. However, there will be hatching on the road which will have the effect of moving traffic to a more central position. The overall effect will be to make the traffic coming from the Hillcroome Road end more visible to pedestrians on the bridge, and motorists will see pedestrians earlier. The signage will be replaced and improved. Work will commence during this month and there will be a traffic light system on the bridge during the period of the works. We see this as a small but useful safety improvement after much waiting for “something to be done”.

kings lane inspection 10.1.12

Warren Park & Its Nature Reserve and Other Matters

Cllr. Hamish Pollock reports about the new Nature Reserve Fence: “To safeguard the important nature reserve in Warren Park which is off King’s Lane, Sutton (in Carshalton Central neighbourhood, though) and prior to the installation of the fencing the Council put up site notices that informed site users about our intentions, which included impressions how the fencing would look like. This type of fencing was chosen, so that no dog fouling occurs in areas where responsible dog owners would not be able to pick up the dog mess.” 

Nature Reserve Fence in Warren Park facing the playground

Cllr. Jill Whitehead who chairs the Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee says: ” The Council opened the wildlife area to the public to provide Access to Nature in the local area of Warren Park, in line with London Planning policies. The Council also has the obligation to maintain the site as nature conservation site and the fencing is intended to stop the current decline of the chalk grassland whilst continuing to provide an accessible nature site. There is already a successful recovery of the grassland visible.

Nature Reserve Fence running parallel with the railway

Cllr. Alan Salter says: “The residents have asked for more dog bins. New dog bins were installed in Warren Park recently. These are placed to be easily accessible when leaving the park. An additional bin at the far end of the park as suggested by local residents would create difficulties emptying as the bags tend to break when moved over a long distances. It is unlikely that people who do not clean up after their dog will be encouraged to do so with an additional bin. Self closing gates have been queried by some residents: Self closing gates are generally only used on children’s playgrounds as safety guidelines suggest, and in those instances gates always open outwards as they are designed to stop dogs getting in rather than children getting out, as the gates are not a substitute for parental control. The usual way for stopping people running into roads at entrances etc. is by way of a highways barrier. Additional dog bins and installation of new self closing gates could be provided at the park but there would be a cost to providing this as well as an ongoing maintenance requirement.

Warren Park's playground with state of the art play equipment installed in recent years

Please let us know if you have any local concerns about Warren Park or other parks and open spaces in the borough.


The Council’s highways officer presented a report at the July meeting of the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee seeking approval for safety improvements at King’s Lane (South) Bridge.   

Committee chair Cllr. Hamish Pollock reports: ” For many years, concerns have been raised locally about pedestrian, cyclist  and  driver safety on King’s Lane south bridge over the railway. Highways officers were asked to look at safety improvements. There were suggestions in the past of using mirrors at the bends which thehighways officers dismissed. The bridge is only 3.6 metres (12 feet) wide  and only allows one line of traffic at a time.  Approaches to the bridge are at very nearly 90 degree bends and the bridge parapets are a combination of solid brick with rails on top which makes the sight lines poor.”

There have apparently been 3 personal injuries at the junction between April 2008 and April 2011, and residents who use Warren Park have reported numerous “bumps” as cars failed to negotiate the difficult twists and turns safely.

South Bridge, King's Lane with dogs and owners!

The highways officer reported at the meeting that the proposals had been considered by the Council’s neighbouring Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont Local Committee, who had already accepted the scheme subject to further consultation. It was confirmed that the scheme would be funded from the Local Investment Plan, therefore at no cost to the Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee.

The works include: Building out the footways on both sides of the junction which would slow and guide vehicles on a more visible line and provide a longer footway for pedestrians.  The warning signs will be upgraded and re-positioned and be much more prominent. 

The cost of implementing the complete scheme is £16,000.  Other improvements, amounting to £500 will be made at the Carshalton end of the bridge.

It was agreed by the committee to carry out the implementation of this road safety improvement scheme at King’s Lane junction with Hillcroome Road, Sutton.   More in a future posting…

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee being held on Tuesday 10th July at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee Chair, Hamish Pollock reports: “We have a busy agenda for the local committee meeting on Tuesday, 10th July starting at 7.30pm at Carshalton Beeches Baptist Church, Banstead Road, Carshalton.”

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee is part of Sutton Council's policy to devolve environmental matters and decisions at local level

“The items include:-

  • The latest news on the one-way system at Carshalton Railway Station;
  • the planned giant Olympic “Swan” on the Carshalton Ponds for the Olympic Torch procession on Monday, 23rd July 2012 and the fair by the Ponds;
  • the traffic/safety issues in and around the bridges on King’s Lane/Hillcroome Road, Sutton (most of which are in our patch!);
  • the funding for Sutton Council‘s public realm improvements projects and;
  • the local investment plan and future highways improvement projects where money is obtained by Sutton Council from Transport for London.” 

All are welcome. Do come and have a say in matters that affect your area!

Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee Report

Alan, Jill and Hamish by one of the newly-rebuilt brick piers by Carshalton Park

December 2011 Carshalton & Clockhouse Local Committee Chairman’s Report:

Cllr. Hamish Pollock, Chair of the Carshalton Local Committee says: “We’re pleased that at last the brick piers supporting the railings at Carshalton Park have been repaired/rebuilt using the Council’s Public Realm funding that was agreed recently. These piers/railings face Ashcombe Road and The Park.

Local community representatives recently proposed to allocate Public Realm (community improvement) funds of £3,800 to Sutton Ecology Centre in Carshalton for interpretation and notice boards, and £4,800 for fencing to secure the Westmead Allotments off Colston Avenue and repairs to the car park to the same site. Also proposed were some further funding for some new fencing in Warren Park off King’s Lane, in the final distribution of sums for the current financial year. These items were all agreed at the local committee in December.