Selsdon lights last night
10/02/2017 10:33:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
Apologies to any readers of this blog who are wondering why we didn't post any advance warning of the gridlock in Sanderstead caused by the temporary lights by Selsdon Sainbury. Council officers did notify the Selsdon councillors the night before the lights went in, but didn't realise the impact it would have on Sanderstead and so failed to notify the councillor team here. I have asked that in future they try to inform members in any ward which is likely to be affected by roadworks, not just the ones for the ward the works are in.
According to the email sent to the Selsdon team, the roadworks are caused by a problem with a power cable belonging to UK Power Networks. They go on to say:
To facilitate these works multi-way signals are required at this junction. These signals will be manually controlled from 7am – 7pm. A pedestrian walkway will be provided. Like for like pedestrian crossing points will be installed and this 4-way junction. UKPN will work around the clock and hope to be off by Sunday afternoon.
Council officers this morning told us:
This is an emergency job to repair a fault which is effecting the businesses along Addington Road. These are not planned works. Planned works would have been carried out with advance warning and at a more suitable date/time (nights).
Croydon have insisted that UKPN work around the clock to have these works finished as quickly as possible. At Croydon’s instruction UKPN had two teams working all last night, two teams today and again more tonight. Croydon have stressed the sensitivity of this location. The signals are being manually controlled from 7am – 7pm, allowing more green time where most needed.