Yesterday a large articulated lorry became stuck in Gates Green Road, and for most of the day, outside Wickham Common School. The driver seems to have realised too late that he was never going to fit down a country lane.
This isn’t the first time this has happened in the Wickham Common area. Previously a street tree was severely damaged by a lorry leading to the Council’s legal team pursuing the company responsible. Also, Layhams Road and North Pole Lane have suffered from errant HGVs; a problem that appears to have been on the increase, partly because some haulage firms try to cut costs by using satellite navigation maps designed only for smaller vehicles.
The Council has previously worked with mapmakers to ensure that roads unsuitable for HGVs are marked as such in satnav data, but clearly more needs to be done. We are now taking the issue up with the Council’s highways officers, including improving the signage at vulnerable junctions such as Gates Green Road/Croydon Road, Kingsway and others.
Bromley Council has been given an extra £225,000 to tackle potholes after the recent – and this weekend, current – freezing conditions, and they want residents to let them know where the money needs spending.
The Council has already been dealing with hundreds of potholes after last month’s cold blast, and is in the middle of a longer term investment programme to catch up on the general resurfacing backlog. The extra cash from central government will help to top up the emergency repairs budget and get our roads back in shape for the spring.
Of course the Council’s own highway inspectors can’t be everywhere, so if you know of any damage that hasn’t yet been identified (it will normally have been marked out with spray paint) then let the council know – either using FixMyStreet or via the Council website, or just let us know in the comments.
The council has confirmed its highway resurfacing schedule for 2017-19.
In our ward Birch Tree Avenue, Chilham Way, Constance Crescent, Farleigh Avenue, Hurstfield, Larkfield Close and Trevor Close are due to be resurfaced, as well as the section of Chestnut Avenue between Queensway and Sylvan Way. Nearby, Layhams Road south of the police dog training centre is also included in the plans.
The council has set out the programme of road and pavement resurfacing for the 2016-17 financial year.
Included in the schedule are resurfacing of the carriageways in Crest Road and Sylvan Way, with Farleigh Avenue and the pavements in Wolfe Close proposed for inclusion in following years. As your ward councillors we have also recently received requests for Birch Tree Avenue to receive attention, among other roads, and will be pushing for these to be included as soon as possible.
All roads are included in the programme after technical surveys and with regard to the levels of traffic, type of usage and other factors.
The council has updated the programme of road resurfacing after it won additional ‘winter damage’ funds from central government.
Gates Green Road (between Croydon Road and Kingsway), the short stretch of Pickhurst Lane up to the Hayes Street roundabout and all of Station Approach are expected to receive attention in this financial year. Other roads, including Hayes Hill Road, Tiepigs Lane, Chilham Way, Farleigh Avenue and Hayes Wood Avenue are on the list for 2015/16, though all plans are subject to change in the event of severe weather or other emergency works taking priority.
Some minor changes are proposed for the roundabout at the junction of Addington Road, Layhams Road and Corkscrew Hill.
The roundabout is not wide enough for two vehicles to drive around it side-by-side, yet this does not stop some from trying to overtake on it! There have been a number of accidents and injuries at this spot and so additional ‘hatched’ markings are planned for the approaches from Hayes and Corkscrew Hill to bring traffic into single file, as well as some improvements to the pedestrian crossing points and cycle access routes.
There should be no adverse effect on traffic congestion.
A long running problem has been the leaking drainage system in Layhams Road, resulting in a collapsed drain at the roundabout at the junction with Addington Road.
The problem has taken longer to resolve due, in part, to unsuccessful attempts to persuade Thames Water to take responsibility for any repairs, rather than the private owners of the sewer/drain, plus convoluted legal problems. Formal notices were served on the owners but, in default, the Council has stepped in to actually carry out the works on their behalf.
Council highway engineers recently accompanied us, at our request, on a tour of the ward, to assess various concerns raised by residents. Not all concerns could be taken on board, but the following are the main ones to be investigated further:
• Recent surveys of Hayes Lane revealed it to be the worst road in London for speeding – even though it doesn’t have the worst accident record. Engineers are drawing up plans for tackling the issue – particularly near the Club Gardens junction – prior to submitting a bid for funding.
• We are also working closely with the traffic engineers to find a solution to the dangerous junction of Bourne Way/Addington Road and Tiepigs Lane/Coney Hill Road. A number of engineering measures are being considered, subject to the necessary finances being in place.
• The bottom of Station Approach is also being re-examined.
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