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Lane closures taking up too much space

Reported via desktop in the Roadworks category anonymously at 10:14, Wed 11 May 2022

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS3517751.

Whilst very important, the bridge works on A41 near apex corner have caused tremendous traffic in all surrounding areas including mill hill, edgware, barnet, borehamwood making it incredibly hard to plan a journey. ALl the cars sitting in traffic is also extremely bad for the air pollution in those areas.

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  • This is our only way to have someone step in and sort out the major daily disruptions. It is absolutely chaotic no matter what time of day it is. It will be like yesterday every single day into late summer unless someone with power can sort these crazy disruptions out. There has to be a better way to organise the works to be carried out without all of this chaos… how are ambulances supposed to get through this mess ?

    Posted anonymously at 17:11, Wed 11 May 2022

  • For everyone affected by the Pike Road closure, here is the official TFL response

    While we are sorry for the inconvenience these closures are causing to residents, they are required as we need to complete essential maintenance work on the A41 Edgware Way bridge (over the M1 and National Rail tracks). The full details of the works can be found at [][]edgware[]-way. The closure of Pike Road and diversion route were agreed with the London Borough of Barnet following extensive discussion - including a site visit - as the best location to site welfare, storage and recovery facilities. These facilities are vital for ensuring the works are carried out as safely and quickly as possible. Marshals are on site to provide assistance. Any changes to the welfare, storage or recovery facilities location would require a change to our programme and method of working, which could extend the period when we are on site. Several alternative sites were considered for locating the welfare, storage and recovery facilities, and the impact on residents as well as agreement regarding the site location was considered through discussions with Barnet. Oakmead Gardens was considered as an alternative, but as a Traffic Order would have been needed to reopen it for access and it is on the wrong side of the road, this was deemed impractical. The footway in front of the nearby KFC restaurant was also considered, but it was deemed that there would not be enough space. The carriageway was discarded as an option as it would have required us to move the welfare and storage facilities and recovery vehicles when we switched approaches and it was deemed that there would not be sufficient space. Although we would not generally carry out a formal public consultation for operationally essential works such as these, the closures for the Edgware Way works, including the closure of Pike Road, were advertised in the normal way. This included a letter-drop to properties and a customer email to registered users, and Public Liaison Officers canvassed the area from 21 March, advising local businesses and residents of the works. We will consistently monitor the traffic and bus impacts of the closure and respond appropriately to minimise the impacts of the closure. This will include monitoring congestion on routes impacted by the closure and making optimisations to traffic signals to support traffic flows. Extra buses have also been added to the most impacted routes through the area. I appreciate this is not the answer that Anne’s constituents were hoping for, but I hope that it helps to clarify the need for the closures as part of these essential maintenance works. What a lot of Letters was dropped at addresses around the Apex Corner area.I think we need to be comp

    Posted anonymously at 18:03, Wed 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 taken place.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by TfL at 12:21, Fri 13 May 2022

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