Twickenham told to brace for next phase of works

More work: Twickenham Rediscovered

More work: Twickenham Rediscovered

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Motorists and cyclists have been warned of further delays to traffic in Twickenham town centre for the next few months.

The multimillion pound Twickenham Rediscovered project reaches its next phase, with a new junction being constructed at London Road, King Street and York Street.

Work will be done in two phases, with the first seeing London Road closed at the junction, with all traffic diverted via York Street and Arragon Road.

The second will see York Street closed with traffic diverted via London Road and Arragon Road.

The work will take place between August 11 to 25.

Council cabinet member for transport Councillor Stephen Speak said: "The council is giving motorists and cyclists as much warning as possible of the potential delays, which have been planned for the school holidays to minimise congestion.

"I’m certain residents will understand the need to close the roads for a limited period to enable this work to be completed."

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12:18pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Susan Burningham says...

If this scheme is as successful as the removal of bus stops then the Council should be braced for resident's fury. It's not the work that gets everyone down, we can put up with that for a short while, it's the final result that makes us all jump up and down. Lord True and Co are determined to turn Twickenham into a no go area, unless of course they we can afford to arrive by boat.
If this scheme is as successful as the removal of bus stops then the Council should be braced for resident's fury. It's not the work that gets everyone down, we can put up with that for a short while, it's the final result that makes us all jump up and down. Lord True and Co are determined to turn Twickenham into a no go area, unless of course they we can afford to arrive by boat. Susan Burningham
  • Score: -4

5:31pm Mon 21 Jul 14

illynillyt says...

what a sour little comment. Dr Burningham is just extrapolating her own views, without any justification. The plan to move the bus stops was announced ages ago; an habitual bus user like me listens to gossip at bus stops, and it seems to me that people have already got used to the new system. At last Twickenham (and Teddington and Whitton) are having the kind of makeover Richmond has enjoyed
what a sour little comment. Dr Burningham is just extrapolating her own views, without any justification. The plan to move the bus stops was announced ages ago; an habitual bus user like me listens to gossip at bus stops, and it seems to me that people have already got used to the new system. At last Twickenham (and Teddington and Whitton) are having the kind of makeover Richmond has enjoyed illynillyt
  • Score: 4

8:44pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Twickenham resident says...

Whilst I commend Richmond Council on much of the Twickenham Town Centre improvements and as illynillyt points out, they at last gives Twickenham the kind of makeover Richmond has enjoyed for years, what on earth are they doing at the junction of Queens Road and King Street?

It is well established that Cousins Grocers has a street licence and yet the pavement is being grossly widened on the TSB side, thus forcing motorists to drive right next to the grocers and pedestrians. Surely the pavement should have been widened on the Cousins side?

In addition, the Conway equipment blocking the carriageway at the approach to this junction forces two lanes of traffic into one, which is causing horrendous near misses. There is no reason for this whatsoever.

Also, why on earth can't the bus lane in Heath Road be taken out? There is no reason for it and its removal would improve traffic flow for both buses and cars.

As for the junction by the Cabbage Patch - why can't the right hand feeder light be removed? It is totally unnecessary and causes huge tailbacks.
Whilst I commend Richmond Council on much of the Twickenham Town Centre improvements and as illynillyt points out, they at last gives Twickenham the kind of makeover Richmond has enjoyed for years, what on earth are they doing at the junction of Queens Road and King Street? It is well established that Cousins Grocers has a street licence and yet the pavement is being grossly widened on the TSB side, thus forcing motorists to drive right next to the grocers and pedestrians. Surely the pavement should have been widened on the Cousins side? In addition, the Conway equipment blocking the carriageway at the approach to this junction forces two lanes of traffic into one, which is causing horrendous near misses. There is no reason for this whatsoever. Also, why on earth can't the bus lane in Heath Road be taken out? There is no reason for it and its removal would improve traffic flow for both buses and cars. As for the junction by the Cabbage Patch - why can't the right hand feeder light be removed? It is totally unnecessary and causes huge tailbacks. Twickenham resident
  • Score: 3

9:47pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Twotonted says...

After over a year of disruption and chaos, what have we got?
1. Even more chaos for another year. With less than half the works completed, clearly they will overrun the 18 month planned schedule significantly.
2. A bus service that no one likes - find me a supporter of the new stops!
3. A system that the cyclists hate - this is only starting to appear - so watch this space.
4 Traffic gridlock for much of the day.
5 An irrelevant 20 mph zone that is ignored by everyone, including bus and taxi drivers

What idiot designed and approved the £4m spend for this fiasco.
After over a year of disruption and chaos, what have we got? 1. Even more chaos for another year. With less than half the works completed, clearly they will overrun the 18 month planned schedule significantly. 2. A bus service that no one likes - find me a supporter of the new stops! 3. A system that the cyclists hate - this is only starting to appear - so watch this space. 4 Traffic gridlock for much of the day. 5 An irrelevant 20 mph zone that is ignored by everyone, including bus and taxi drivers What idiot designed and approved the £4m spend for this fiasco. Twotonted
  • Score: 3

1:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Julie Hill says...

I agree with Twickenham Resident about the debacle in the section of Queens Road by Cousins Grocers.

I emailed the Highways Department to ask them why on earth they have created the huge pavement on the TSB side and the reply I received yesterday from Mark Taplin states "The realignment of the entry into Queens Road from King street was designed to better provide for large vehicles turning left into Queens Road"

a) no provision for the fact that the area to the side of the grocers is ALWAYS busy with shoppers
b) cars will now have to swing in closer to the grocers whereas a wider pavement on the grocers side would surely have made sense and make it safer for them
c) there is a large sign in Queens Road stating that the road is UNSUITABLE for HGVs ! So what are these large lorries that the Council now expects to be routed through a residential area?

I would have thought more consideration should have been given to the safety of pedestrians than encouraging large lorries to use a residential area!

Also if anyone from Richmond Council or Conway reads this, PLEASE WILL YOU MOVE YOUR VAN THAT IS PARKED IN FRONT OF THE TSB AND FORCING TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC INTO ONE!!!
I agree with Twickenham Resident about the debacle in the section of Queens Road by Cousins Grocers. I emailed the Highways Department to ask them why on earth they have created the huge pavement on the TSB side and the reply I received yesterday from Mark Taplin states "The realignment of the entry into Queens Road from King street was designed to better provide for large vehicles turning left into Queens Road" a) no provision for the fact that the area to the side of the grocers is ALWAYS busy with shoppers b) cars will now have to swing in closer to the grocers whereas a wider pavement on the grocers side would surely have made sense and make it safer for them c) there is a large sign in Queens Road stating that the road is UNSUITABLE for HGVs ! So what are these large lorries that the Council now expects to be routed through a residential area? I would have thought more consideration should have been given to the safety of pedestrians than encouraging large lorries to use a residential area! Also if anyone from Richmond Council or Conway reads this, PLEASE WILL YOU MOVE YOUR VAN THAT IS PARKED IN FRONT OF THE TSB AND FORCING TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC INTO ONE!!! Julie Hill
  • Score: 1

11:02pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Sparkythecat says...

I now see that Dr Burningham is bleating on this thread. She seems so keen to take over where our friend Gareth left off. You lost the election - get over it.
I now see that Dr Burningham is bleating on this thread. She seems so keen to take over where our friend Gareth left off. You lost the election - get over it. Sparkythecat
  • Score: 3

11:07pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Sparkythecat says...

Twotonted:
With reference to your point 2: You've found one. I like the bus service and I happily support the new stops. In a month or so lots of people will have forgotten they were ever any different.
Twotonted: With reference to your point 2: You've found one. I like the bus service and I happily support the new stops. In a month or so lots of people will have forgotten they were ever any different. Sparkythecat
  • Score: 1

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