Major disruption which cannot continue
Reported via mobile in the Roadworks category anonymously at 16:03, Wednesday 19 April 2023
Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS4462082.
The planned roadworks around the Tolworth Roundabout have only been present for 1 day and have caused major disruption. All roads connected have standstill traffic, often taking 1 hour to clear a 10 minute journey. Children are spending 1.5 hours on a bus journey to and from school (which would normally take 30 minutes). There have been car accidents due to the dangerous build up of traffic onto all roads. Emergency vehicles will be seriously at risk of being delayed and causing harm. These works are planned till Jan 2024 and it cannot continue like this. There needs to be an urgent review into the situation and amendments to the planned works to improve flow of traffic at peak times.
Thank you for taking the time to email. With the proximity of A3 and A240 historically this area has experienced high volumes of traffic. New developments are putting pressure on an already congested neighbourhood. While these developments support growth in the area, it is anticipated that traffic volumes are also likely to increase . Consequently, improvements to the road network around the Tolworth roundabout were proposed. Transport for London (TfL) consulted on these proposals in late 2019/early 2020. and it was accepted that increasing lanes and widening some junctions would improve the traffic flow and bus journey times. Both TfL and FM Conway have taken into consideration the effect these works will have locally when planning the traffic management. One of the mitigating measures was to undertake the work in phases. The phase which is having the most impact on your immediate location should be completed by mid-May 2023. However, it was always clear that even with careful preparation, roadworks at such a busy intersection will have an impact on the surrounding area, and we apologise for that. All the traffic management planning has been reviewed and approved by TfL’s Construction Management Team before the works commenced. Amongst other considerations the team would have assessed whether the residents of the Sunray Estate had points of access and egress, especially with the increased traffic during school times. Both Barnsbury Lane and Vincent Avenue should be available for residents during this phase in our works. Local schools were informed and I expect they have in turn notified their parents. We appreciate the frustration of motorists when it appears that areas are seemingly cordoned off unnecessarily. This is for the protection of our work force who will be effectively working in live traffic. Unfortunately, motorists can become very impatient and react in an inappropriate and dangerous way. Please rest assured we take your comments seriously. Members of our project team will be on site regularly and will consider amendments to the traffic management layouts when and if improvements can be made safely. Kind regards Transport for London
State changed to: Fixed
Posted by TfL at 12:19, Monday 24 April 2023
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