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Completely unnecessary Lane closures, causing unconceivable havoc for miles

Reported via desktop in the Roadworks category anonymously at 15:23, Tuesday 10 May 2022

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS3515774.

1. A41 Westbound approach to Apex Corner. 2 of 4 lanes have been closed for no valid reason causing hours of delays all the way back the A41. 2. There is absolutely no sense in the lane closures leading to Apex Corner Westbound, when the works are taking place AFTER the Apex Corner roundabout. 3. The havoc and immense delays running for miles by this unnecessary closure, beckons reasoning. 4. TFL send local residents a letter on 21 March 2022 regarding these works. The letter reads "During this period works will be carried out Monday to Sunday - 24 hours a day....". 5. I pass Apex Corner several times a day, and I must comment this is not true. Work is most certainly NOT being carried out 24 hours day. As a matter of fact, 70% of times I pass the Bridge, there are NO WORKERS ON SITE. 6. In summary the cause and affect that these works are having is immense, and we are seeing unnecessary lane closures and little work being carried out.

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  • The work might be important but so are the local residents. The impact on our daily life and loss of earnings due to the grid locked traffic created is totally out of order. This should have been carried out in phases and during the work from home period or school holidays. Something need to be reconsidered. Whoever approved this total mayhem has a lot to answer for. Poor, poor planning.

    Posted anonymously at 19:53, Tuesday 10 May 2022

  • What kind of nonsense is this work during school time? Do it at night or during holidays. The impact is so vast I'm not surprised the inept and useless tfl decided to do this during school time. Children are late to school, getting home much much later, people are missing appointments etc. Please reconsider this total mess.

    Posted anonymously at 22:12, Tuesday 10 May 2022

  • Seems like that employees in TFL who plan the roadworks are incompetent and pathetic planners. Worse than a third world nation planning . Who would say ,we live in a developed country with best of minds and state of art infrastructure.

    Such large scale improvement works should have been planned only and only during school breaks or at night time.

    Causing complete distress to all commuters. I saw ambulances blaring their sirens but couldn’t move much. It’s such a pity total disaster . People’s lives and livelihoods are at stake due to this mayhem . I am using this route twice a day for school run and I rarely see anyone doing any roadworks . All I can see is road blocks and no one on site . Get some more workers and staff to expedite the entire process and complete work before the scheduled timeline.

    Posted anonymously at 22:28, Tuesday 10 May 2022

  • Astonishing incompetence. Not only are there lanes closed for no apparent reason, but there are no processes in place to deal with the knock-on effect. Some of the traffic is being held up because drivers coming the other way are blocking their routes, just adding to the mayhem. Please look at this as a matter of urgency and make adjustments to improve the situation for the thousands of drivers who have to use these routes daily. It is not acceptable to leave the situation as it currently stands.

    Posted anonymously at 08:27, Wednesday 11 May 2022

  • This is ridiculous. Young children sat in the car for hours just to get to school. Missing extra activities after school because we are late to get there. Do something about it asap before our children miss more school than they have over the past 2 years

    Posted anonymously at 09:16, Wednesday 11 May 2022

  • My children go to school in Hendon and we live in Borehamwood. They sat in this for 2 hours and 40 minutes last night. Today they gave up and have not gone to school. It is simply unacceptable to cut off a town like this, to make children and toddlers sit for several hours to get to and from school. What kind of madness is this? I will be writing to my MP.

    Posted anonymously at 09:38, Wednesday 11 May 2022

  • I have tried to call but apparently you can't answer as there is a shortage of staff!1

    I want to suggest that you put up electronic signs giving people warning about each stage of the works e.g when a whole carriage way is closed. Also there should be more night working to reduce the chaos these works are causes. There is no point in me repeating other people's comments as I agree with them all.

    Posted anonymously at 10:30, Wednesday 11 May 2022

  • Agree with all the above comments! This is beyond a joke and everyone is seriously effected by this!!

    Posted anonymously at 10:58, Wednesday 11 May 2022

  • As someone who is a medical student, i rely heavily on transport to get me to my placements on time. i shouldnt have to be leaving at 5am in the morning to avoid the INSANE traffic due to some extremely poor last minute planning.

    Posted anonymously at 12:56, Wednesday 11 May 2022

  • Thank you for taking the time to report this to us. It is much appreciated. The temporary road layout will change as the works progress. Information on these changes can be found on the TfL website. The optimum method of working would be to close the road entirely to all vehicles and pedestrians in order to complete the works quickly to assure the quality of the repairs and provide a safe work area. However this would involve diverting pedestrians and vehicles over long distances for several weeks. Therefore, in order to ensure the needs of all road users are balanced, we will be closing the road in phases to complete the works.

    Closures on the approach to the roundabout are required to ensure that traffic into the roundabout doesn’t exceed the safe capacity of the exit routes. Removing the closure’s has been explored but it is not considered safe or to provide any benefit as it will reallocate the congestion elsewhere.

    We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused while the works are on going.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by TfL at 12:27, Friday 13 May 2022

  • Thank you for taking the time to report this to us. It is much appreciated. The temporary road layout will change as the works progress. Information on these changes can be found on the TfL website. The optimum method of working would be to close the road entirely to all vehicles and pedestrians in order to complete the works quickly to assure the quality of the repairs and provide a safe work area. However this would involve diverting pedestrians and vehicles over long distances for several weeks. Therefore, in order to ensure the needs of all road users are balanced, we will be closing the road in phases to complete the works.

    Closures on the approach to the roundabout are required to ensure that traffic into the roundabout doesn’t exceed the safe capacity of the exit routes. Removing the closure’s has been explored but it is not considered safe or to provide any benefit as it will reallocate the congestion elsewhere.

    We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused while the works are on going.

    Posted by TfL at 12:27, Friday 13 May 2022

  • Thank you for taking the time to report this to us. It is much appreciated. The temporary road layout will change as the works progress. Information on these changes can be found on the TfL website. The optimum method of working would be to close the road entirely to all vehicles and pedestrians in order to complete the works quickly to assure the quality of the repairs and provide a safe work area. However this would involve diverting pedestrians and vehicles over long distances for several weeks. Therefore, in order to ensure the needs of all road users are balanced, we will be closing the road in phases to complete the works.

    Closures on the approach to the roundabout are required to ensure that traffic into the roundabout doesn’t exceed the safe capacity of the exit routes. Removing the closure’s has been explored but it is not considered safe or to provide any benefit as it will reallocate the congestion elsewhere.

    We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused while the works are on going.

    Posted by TfL at 12:27, Friday 13 May 2022

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