Potholes etc – from CC John Beckett
Getting potholes fixed – this January s pendulum weather, which goes from freeze to thaw, is likely to cause a breakout of potholes on Surrey’s heavily used roads. SCC’s pothole campaign highlights how residents can report and get them fixed by going to
Other problems can be reported here too, from broken street lights to cracks or ridges in either the road or the pavements.
Malden Rushett update
At a meeting with CCs John Beckett and Eber Kington, TfL confirmed its intention to continue with the closure of Malden Rushett from Monday 5th January to Friday 20th February. The TfL officer explained that alternative options, such as one lane closure and overnight working, had been explored but rejected as likely to extend the work and traffic delays. In addition, the work is being undertaken during the winter closure of Chessington World of Adventure and therefore the current full closure for 6 weeks was determined to be the least disruptive arrangement.
TfL regretted that disruption but said that the highway changes will lead to faster traffic movement at the junction, reduced delays and a reduction in accidents in the future.
Given that TfL are going ahead with the Rushett Lane closure, the meeting focussed on what actions would be taken to reduce the traffic delays and congestion during the six week period. TfL agreed to review the traffic light phasing at the Tolworth roundabout to improve traffic flow to/from the A240 to Kingston and the A3.
Surrey Highways agreed to:
- Continue to refuse requests from utilities to undertake new highway work along the diversion route and associated roads unless for an emergency
- Liaise with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council over local highway cleansing and central reservation grounds maintenance work planned by EEBC during the six week period
- Place more on-site VMS (variable messaging signs) in the area to warn motorist to the closure/diversions and possible delays
- Increase the number of broadcast travel alerts and tweets advising motorist to alter travel plans if possible
It was clear to CCs Beckett and Kington that further disruption and traffic delays are going to happen, and the measures outlined above may only make a difference at the margins. If motorists opt to change their normal travel plans and travel outside peak times this will assist in reducing the number of vehicles on the road at these times – which may have a positive effect.
However any severe weather, a road accident, or disruption along the A3 or M25 will all have an adverse effect on traffic and will increase the level of congestion and delay within Epsom and Ewell
From Jenny Coleman