'Danger cars parked on Longmead Road could cause accident'

Commuters are believed to have parked along Longmead Road because yellow lines have been painted around Ewell West station

Commuters are believed to have parked along Longmead Road because yellow lines have been painted around Ewell West station

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Cars parked on a busy road leading to a roundabout are a dangerous hazard which could result in an accident, a councillor has warned.

Cars are now regularly parked during the day along Longmead Road, in Epsom, starting from the junction at Hollymoor Lane, and continuing along the stretch leading to the roundabout at the junction with Chessington Road, Ewell.

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Court ward councillor Sheila Carlson said that whereas cars could previously form two lanes on the approach to the roundabout and then easily turn either left or right, the parked cars have meant that only one lane is now possible on the approach.

She said this has resulted in traffic and congestion along the already busy road.

Coun Carlson added: "Because of all the yellow lines which were painted around West Ewell station, commuters are now parking here.

"It’s an accident waiting to happen.

"Me and the other court ward councillors are doing a parking survey about different areas in the Longmead."

Parking problems in the Longmead Estate have been a longstanding issue for residents, with a number of properties having no spaces to park their cars.

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10:20am Fri 14 Mar 14

EwellMan says...

Simple Double Yellow line the dangerous bits like near the junctions and nesar the rounderbout at each end and leave the rest for parking.

Thing that makes me laugh is how it can go on for months and still being debated. If its dangerous it needs to be stopped in those particular areas. The council should have been on this like a hawk and plans submitted to be approved for souble yellow lines.

As for building houses without parking? The toilets in Ewell village? They were approved with no allocated parking so i think the council needs to looks carefully within its own departments. Every house needs a minimum of 2 car spaces, right or wrong thats life!
Simple Double Yellow line the dangerous bits like near the junctions and nesar the rounderbout at each end and leave the rest for parking. Thing that makes me laugh is how it can go on for months and still being debated. If its dangerous it needs to be stopped in those particular areas. The council should have been on this like a hawk and plans submitted to be approved for souble yellow lines. As for building houses without parking? The toilets in Ewell village? They were approved with no allocated parking so i think the council needs to looks carefully within its own departments. Every house needs a minimum of 2 car spaces, right or wrong thats life! EwellMan
  • Score: 8

10:22am Fri 14 Mar 14

EwellMan says...

On another note, the one way system in ewell because of the roadworks is working really well, eases congestion and if they extended the parking bays on one side with 30min free parking then maybe that would boost the village shops and restaurnats.
On another note, the one way system in ewell because of the roadworks is working really well, eases congestion and if they extended the parking bays on one side with 30min free parking then maybe that would boost the village shops and restaurnats. EwellMan
  • Score: 9

9:11am Sat 15 Mar 14

greenlanesresident2 says...

The Zone 6 commuters who travel to W Ewell for discounted travel have no interest in the safety of other road users or pedestrians trying to cross these roads - just their own free parking service for work. There should be an urgent review of parking along Longmead Road, given that the ultimate road narrowing due to these cars slows traffic as cars try to turn into side roads, but are unable to wait in the centre of the road, as previous. Yesterday a car parked so close to the roundabout it was impossible to see traffic coming from the left.

In addition, wily car owners using the free Green Lanes parking lot have managed to stymie the Council yellow lines by maintaining a persistent car presence beneath the newly erected parking zone restriction signs, making it impossible to add the remainder yellow lines. This makes a mockery of the traffic law, given the detailed parking restrictions listed in last weeks Guardian, and the need to protect access for emergency vehicles and cyclists (along this designated cycle route) from not to have to slalom around cars parked on both sides.
How about a bit of tough love? Why doesn't the Council ticket the offending cars, or invoke a 'temporary parking restriction' to clear the area and finish off the road markings?
The Zone 6 commuters who travel to W Ewell for discounted travel have no interest in the safety of other road users or pedestrians trying to cross these roads - just their own free parking service for work. There should be an urgent review of parking along Longmead Road, given that the ultimate road narrowing due to these cars slows traffic as cars try to turn into side roads, but are unable to wait in the centre of the road, as previous. Yesterday a car parked so close to the roundabout it was impossible to see traffic coming from the left. In addition, wily car owners using the free Green Lanes parking lot have managed to stymie the Council yellow lines by maintaining a persistent car presence beneath the newly erected parking zone restriction signs, making it impossible to add the remainder yellow lines. This makes a mockery of the traffic law, given the detailed parking restrictions listed in last weeks Guardian, and the need to protect access for emergency vehicles and cyclists (along this designated cycle route) from not to have to slalom around cars parked on both sides. How about a bit of tough love? Why doesn't the Council ticket the offending cars, or invoke a 'temporary parking restriction' to clear the area and finish off the road markings? greenlanesresident2
  • Score: 1

9:59am Sat 15 Mar 14

JadeD321 says...

Parking all over Epsom and Ewell is becoming ridiculous. If you was to put yellow lines down it would just push them somewhere else. Yellow lines never solve the problem they just move it. For example when hospital workers were parking their cars along Dorking Road they were causing chaos and it wasn't until a car got hit up the bum by a lorry I think it was they decided to put yellow lines down, the workers just simply moved and parked their cars in surrounding housing streets like Ebbisham Road and Castle Road. All these people are so inconsiderate and don't give a single thought to others. Cars parked by the green on Castle road now have been starting to force people up onto the grass verge where it is getting ripped up daily. It's not just parking on Longmead Road that needs sorting, it's everywhere.
Parking all over Epsom and Ewell is becoming ridiculous. If you was to put yellow lines down it would just push them somewhere else. Yellow lines never solve the problem they just move it. For example when hospital workers were parking their cars along Dorking Road they were causing chaos and it wasn't until a car got hit up the bum by a lorry I think it was they decided to put yellow lines down, the workers just simply moved and parked their cars in surrounding housing streets like Ebbisham Road and Castle Road. All these people are so inconsiderate and don't give a single thought to others. Cars parked by the green on Castle road now have been starting to force people up onto the grass verge where it is getting ripped up daily. It's not just parking on Longmead Road that needs sorting, it's everywhere. JadeD321
  • Score: 3

9:48pm Fri 11 Apr 14

xxMISSxxSxx says...

As a resident of Rutland Close, I am continually faced with hazards trying to get on to the Longmead road. Due to the parents of Blenheim students and students themselves parking on Sefton Road I have to pull out of Rutland Close blind. I then come down to the Longmead road and am faced with the same problem that I can't see left or right to pull out. Even trying to get into Sefton road is dangerous as they park so close to the entrance of the road. You can't sit in the reservation to turn as the buses can't get passed. You end up with cars passing you both sides very close, making you very nervous.
As a resident of Rutland Close, I am continually faced with hazards trying to get on to the Longmead road. Due to the parents of Blenheim students and students themselves parking on Sefton Road I have to pull out of Rutland Close blind. I then come down to the Longmead road and am faced with the same problem that I can't see left or right to pull out. Even trying to get into Sefton road is dangerous as they park so close to the entrance of the road. You can't sit in the reservation to turn as the buses can't get passed. You end up with cars passing you both sides very close, making you very nervous. xxMISSxxSxx
  • Score: 0

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