Traffic queues for miles in Petts Wood due to 2ft hole and nobody on scene

UPDATE: 'Pandemonium' in Petts Wood - traffic chaos due to 2ft hole

Hole lot of mess

A whole week

Queues

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A 2ft hole caused traffic chaos in Petts Wood this morning (May 19).

News Shopper previously reported the gap to be 4ft, but after we measured it it's clear the man who phoned in with the information clearly overestimated its size - often the case with the gender.

Queues were stretching back along Queensway, Tudor Way, Ryecroft Road, and Towncourt Lane due to works being carried out at the roundabout where the four meet.

A Thames Water sign has been placed on a bollard noting a completion date later this week – so it looks like delays could go on for some time.

No Thames Water staff were working at the site on Monday and one motorist was particularly upset by the situation.

This Is Local London:

Christopher Knight, 64, said the fact nobody was there is “beyond comprehension” and feels “the whole country’s out of order”.

The doctor of theology, now retired, told News Shopper: “It’s pandemonium.

“It took me 30 minutes to do a drive that should take 30 seconds.

“It’s all because of a small hole. I’ve been told it (project) started on Saturday but there’s nobody there now.

“The traffic was going back miles, at an absolute standstill – it’ll probably be all the way to Chislehurst by lunch time.

“What if a bomb went off? The emergency services wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near Petts Wood.”

Dr Knight added the heat made sitting in his car, going nowhere, added to the stress of it all.

Today the Petts Wood Business Association (PWBA) received information from Bromley Council.

The organisation said after talking to the council it can confirm the traffic problems are due to a burst water main.

Thames Water has apparently reported the emergency works will be finished tomorrow (May 20) and temporary traffic lights will be removed then.

A spokeswoman for the company said: "We’re sorry for the disruption caused by our work to repair a valve which began on Saturday.

"The hole is being filled in today (Monday) and we expect the road to be back to normal tomorrow.

"We appreciate it is frustrating for drivers who come across work areas where there is no activity taking place but, in many cases, we wait until after morning rush hour to begin work to avoid causing even more traffic problems."

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12:16pm Mon 19 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

" Pandemonium' in Petts Wood "

Oh gawd no.


Righto all those late into the NS office this morning hands up.
" Pandemonium' in Petts Wood " Oh gawd no. Righto all those late into the NS office this morning hands up. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 10

1:07pm Mon 19 May 14

Eagles_Man says...

Hmm, what to write about today? Oh look, there's a traffic jam outside the newsroom window. Here we go....
Hmm, what to write about today? Oh look, there's a traffic jam outside the newsroom window. Here we go.... Eagles_Man
  • Score: 20

2:00pm Mon 19 May 14

Simon Bull says...

Re: Above comments. Snore. Same old whinges.

News is news whether it happens on our doorstep or miles away from the office. When we know about something that's going to be interesting to our readers, we'll report it. Unless of course you don't think traffic queues for miles aren't worth telling anyone about?
Re: Above comments. Snore. Same old whinges. News is news whether it happens on our doorstep or miles away from the office. When we know about something that's going to be interesting to our readers, we'll report it. Unless of course you don't think traffic queues for miles aren't worth telling anyone about? Simon Bull
  • Score: -5

2:05pm Mon 19 May 14

JamesTheCat says...

“It took me 30 minutes to do a drive that should take 30 seconds."

If it only takes 30 seconds to drive, walk!

What if a bomb went off? The emergency services wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near Petts Wood.”

Who would want to bomb Petts Wood?!

The guy is clearly a sandwich short of a picnic, and News Shopper obviously had nothing better to report.
“It took me 30 minutes to do a drive that should take 30 seconds." If it only takes 30 seconds to drive, walk! What if a bomb went off? The emergency services wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near Petts Wood.” Who would want to bomb Petts Wood?! The guy is clearly a sandwich short of a picnic, and News Shopper obviously had nothing better to report. JamesTheCat
  • Score: 15

2:10pm Mon 19 May 14

reasonable75 says...

News Shopper previously reported the gap to be 4ft, but after we measured it it's clear the man who phoned in with the information clearly overestimated its size - often the case with the gender."

So for this earth shattering event NS sent how many reporters ?

Whether 2 foot or 4 foot it's still causing chaos
News Shopper previously reported the gap to be 4ft, but after we measured it it's clear the man who phoned in with the information clearly overestimated its size - often the case with the gender." So for this earth shattering event NS sent how many reporters ? Whether 2 foot or 4 foot it's still causing chaos reasonable75
  • Score: 10

3:41pm Mon 19 May 14

white rabbit9 says...

If this causes the amount of traffic, think with the fracking how many holes will appear then!
If this causes the amount of traffic, think with the fracking how many holes will appear then! white rabbit9
  • Score: -6

3:57pm Mon 19 May 14

molsey says...

Why didn't Thames Water fill the hole on Sunday?
Why didn't Thames Water fill the hole on Sunday? molsey
  • Score: 8

4:13pm Mon 19 May 14

Simon bald says...

Simon bull at it again defending the lazy journalism on this site.Why don't we blame a selfish driver for the traffic? Oh wait a minute did that last week
Simon bull at it again defending the lazy journalism on this site.Why don't we blame a selfish driver for the traffic? Oh wait a minute did that last week Simon bald
  • Score: 4

4:15pm Mon 19 May 14

danm5577 says...

Slightly OTT!!!
Its going to be a big hole if its a burst pipe!
What is causing the issues is drivers that can't drive!
Coming home along Tudor way last night, the traffic light was green and still people were stopping at the roundabout!!
Slightly OTT!!! Its going to be a big hole if its a burst pipe! What is causing the issues is drivers that can't drive! Coming home along Tudor way last night, the traffic light was green and still people were stopping at the roundabout!! danm5577
  • Score: 6

5:13pm Mon 19 May 14

bnorther says...

"Traffic queues for miles in Petts Wood due to 2ft hole and nobody on scene"

How do you know they aren't waiting for something to get made or delivered to fix the burst? Or waiting for some concrete to set, or something similar?

If they had 4 men in high viz hanging around waiting for this NS would then be running a headline along the lines of:

"Traffic queues for miles in Petts Wood due to 2ft hole and lazy workers are standing around doing nothing"

Please! Why wasn't the works near me causing chaos Plaistow Lane reported a week or so ago. Ohh I forgot, NS is only able to report what is outside their window.
"Traffic queues for miles in Petts Wood due to 2ft hole and nobody on scene" How do you know they aren't waiting for something to get made or delivered to fix the burst? Or waiting for some concrete to set, or something similar? If they had 4 men in high viz hanging around waiting for this NS would then be running a headline along the lines of: "Traffic queues for miles in Petts Wood due to 2ft hole and lazy workers are standing around doing nothing" Please! Why wasn't the works near me causing chaos Plaistow Lane reported a week or so ago. Ohh I forgot, NS is only able to report what is outside their window. bnorther
  • Score: 7

7:22am Tue 20 May 14

R_U_Serious says...

I'm going with concrete curing too on this one but, more importantly, did a bomb go off? Is everyone in News Shopper Towers safe and sound?
I'm going with concrete curing too on this one but, more importantly, did a bomb go off? Is everyone in News Shopper Towers safe and sound? R_U_Serious
  • Score: 9

3:37pm Tue 20 May 14

sarfflondonbird says...

And next................
...........
And next................ ........... sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -7

11:45am Wed 21 May 14

bomber831 says...

wouldn't be so bad if the alternative route from orpington to chistlehurst wasn't undergoing road works with traffic controls on the same day so people were looking for other routes. the lazy contractors could of done what many do now and place a steel plate over the hole until they could fix the massive hole .
wouldn't be so bad if the alternative route from orpington to chistlehurst wasn't undergoing road works with traffic controls on the same day so people were looking for other routes. the lazy contractors could of done what many do now and place a steel plate over the hole until they could fix the massive hole . bomber831
  • Score: 0

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