College Roundabout roadworks delayed until Sunday night

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Roadworks in Kingston which have caused misery for commuters over the last week will not be completed until Sunday, Kingston Council has said.

Temporary traffic lights at College Roundabout have caused tailbacks along Penrhyn Road and through the one-way system as water pipes are installed at the new 1 Penrhyn Road student flats development.

The work was due to finish tomorrow.

Kingston Council said today the work would continue until Sunday night, June 8, with new diversions in place to get rid of temporary lights at the roundabout.

Penrhyn Road will be one way towards Surbiton between College Roundabout and Denmark Road.

Kingston-bound traffic will be diverted via Surbiton Road, Portsmouth Road, High Street and Kingston Hall Road. St James Road will also be fully reopened.

Kingston Council said today: “We have reviewed the traffic management in place and have agreed to alter it so that the requirement for temporary traffic signals at College Roundabout is removed.

“The works are now due to be completed by Sunday, June 8. This is a result of a revised timeline for the works completion, along with the need to remove the site crane, which also requires traffic management to be in place.”

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6:39pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Tinyzulu says...

Unbelievable that this is allowed to happen on this so busy road. Untold cost to businesses and also lateness to work causing unfair pressure from line management. This morning for example at approximately 9:30, going into Kingston along Villiers Rd took 45mins, and I gave up and turned around and went home.
Unbelievable that this is allowed to happen on this so busy road. Untold cost to businesses and also lateness to work causing unfair pressure from line management. This morning for example at approximately 9:30, going into Kingston along Villiers Rd took 45mins, and I gave up and turned around and went home. Tinyzulu
  • Score: 6

8:28am Tue 3 Jun 14

DB says...

I realise that Thames Water has the absolute right to complete these works, but surely the council should be putting punitive measures in place when they are not finished in time?

This is a major arterial road and the badly thought out traffic management has already caused major economic damage as well as difficulty for people going about their daily lives.

Kingston's awfully planned one-way system is only ever one issue away from complete gridlock, so to allow this type of work to over-run is completely unacceptable.

Let's hope that this doesn't turn into another Market Place type debacle (STILL not finished, and STILL no workers on site on Sunday despite previous assurances.

Let's also hope that the new council fires it's contracts department and puts in another set of people who are up to the job.
I realise that Thames Water has the absolute right to complete these works, but surely the council should be putting punitive measures in place when they are not finished in time? This is a major arterial road and the badly thought out traffic management has already caused major economic damage as well as difficulty for people going about their daily lives. Kingston's awfully planned one-way system is only ever one issue away from complete gridlock, so to allow this type of work to over-run is completely unacceptable. Let's hope that this doesn't turn into another Market Place type debacle (STILL not finished, and STILL no workers on site on Sunday despite previous assurances. Let's also hope that the new council fires it's contracts department and puts in another set of people who are up to the job. DB
  • Score: -1

9:17am Tue 3 Jun 14

Keith McM says...

Please can somebody at Kingston Council explain why TW have not been working 24*7 to get this job done?
I accept that the residents of Edinburgh Court should not be unduly disturbed, but 2 weeks to hook up mains water and drainage is laughable.
Please can somebody at Kingston Council explain why TW have not been working 24*7 to get this job done? I accept that the residents of Edinburgh Court should not be unduly disturbed, but 2 weeks to hook up mains water and drainage is laughable. Keith McM
  • Score: 9

10:32am Tue 3 Jun 14

DB says...

Keith McM wrote:
Please can somebody at Kingston Council explain why TW have not been working 24*7 to get this job done? I accept that the residents of Edinburgh Court should not be unduly disturbed, but 2 weeks to hook up mains water and drainage is laughable.
Because Kingston Council never seem to prepare their contracts like that. Thames Water will prioritise the contracts where they have been given deadlines to complete work on time and face penalties if they don't. Kingston contracts will be at the back of the queue for this reason.

The Market Place disaster is a case in point. Balfour Beatty promised to 'pull out all the stops' to get this completed to meet about the fifth deadline they were set, didn't meet it (again) and now seem to have given up working weekends again. Why should they pay overtime if Kingston Council don't make them?

This problem at College Roundabout is much more serious as it probably causes as much economic damage in a day than the Market Place was causing in a month. The council don't seem to care.
[quote][p][bold]Keith McM[/bold] wrote: Please can somebody at Kingston Council explain why TW have not been working 24*7 to get this job done? I accept that the residents of Edinburgh Court should not be unduly disturbed, but 2 weeks to hook up mains water and drainage is laughable.[/p][/quote]Because Kingston Council never seem to prepare their contracts like that. Thames Water will prioritise the contracts where they have been given deadlines to complete work on time and face penalties if they don't. Kingston contracts will be at the back of the queue for this reason. The Market Place disaster is a case in point. Balfour Beatty promised to 'pull out all the stops' to get this completed to meet about the fifth deadline they were set, didn't meet it (again) and now seem to have given up working weekends again. Why should they pay overtime if Kingston Council don't make them? This problem at College Roundabout is much more serious as it probably causes as much economic damage in a day than the Market Place was causing in a month. The council don't seem to care. DB
  • Score: -1

12:47pm Wed 4 Jun 14

kingstonpaul says...

I'm puzzled how a company with the engineering pedigree of Balfour Beatty could have been associated with such a nasty, cheap-looking development. All that hideous MDF looks downright tat, and will look awful in a few months once it's weathered.
Shame on the council for replacing what was the jewel in Kingston's crown with such a sterile, character-free space.
I'm puzzled how a company with the engineering pedigree of Balfour Beatty could have been associated with such a nasty, cheap-looking development. All that hideous MDF looks downright tat, and will look awful in a few months once it's weathered. Shame on the council for replacing what was the jewel in Kingston's crown with such a sterile, character-free space. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 0

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