Long term roadworks on Addington Road
31/07/2017 18:02:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
I came back from my holiday yesterday to discover that Southern Gas Networks have started digging up Addington Road for gas main replacement and will apparently be there for ten weeks.
When I passed the site today at 11.30 am (then returned shortly after midday) there was, predictably, nobody working on the site at all - several diggers and piles of material, but no actual workers!
I have been on to the council officers to make two points. Firstly, as far as I can see we again had no warning of this from the council - I have searched my inbox and not found any trace of a message. How can we pre-warn residents if we are kept in the dark about these scheduled road works? Apparently the officers had told the Selsdon councillor team, but not the Sanderstead one – and the road works are actually in Sanderstead!
Secondly I wanted officers to be aware that this is going to cause traffic chaos at rush hour, even more so when the schools go back in September. This area already has amongst the worst congestion in the borough, with the queue from Selsdon lights often crossing the queue from Limpsfield Road Waitrose lights at the Addington Road/Sanderstead Hill roundabout and gridlocking everywhere locally. With the queue starting 500 yards further back towards Sanderstead roundabout, this is going to make conditions there virtually impossible. It’s probably tolerable during the holidays, but will be awful thereafter.
I have asked whether any thought has been given to local diversions or one-way systems? I understand from our Selsdon councillors that amongst the measures proposed are no right-turns at the Selsdon junction. This sounds like a recipe for chaos to me.
I have asked that both teams of ward councillors have sight of a proper plan for what is going to happen and when, and how this situation is going to be coped with. I have also challenged whether the ten week period really is necessary? Given the impact this is going to have, can the council not put pressure on SGN to complete the works more quickly, perhaps with double shifts of workers?
In response to my enquiries this morning officers tell me that SGN will explain more about their work via a drop-in session at their cabin on Mountwood Close on Thursday 3 August from 10.30am until 8pm. This had been communicated to the local residents and Selsdon & Ballards ward councillors, but not the Sanderstead ones (and it is in Sanderstead that the current one way lights are installed).
I intend to attend and press hard for a shorter disruption period and perhaps diversions to try to reduce the amount of traffic trying to use the road at this time.