Problem bollard 'reconfigured' after series of collisions

Wimbledon Guardian: Problem bollard "reconfigured" after series of collisions Problem bollard "reconfigured" after series of collisions

A bollard blamed for causing a number of cars to flip over has been "reconfigured" by Merton Council.

Last month a Virgin Media van crashed into the bollard in Wimbledon town centre after turning right into Worple Road from Wimbledon Hill Road causing diesel to spill onto the road and traffic jams.

In September a man and woman escaped injury after their car flipped after colliding with the bell bollard.

Sarah Davies, a lettings manager at Haart estate agent, said similar incidents had happened about 8 or 9 times last January and February during dark winter afternoons.

Many have placed the blame squarely on the positioning of the bollard, which is designed to protect pedestrians crossing the junction, while others have said it is the drivers who should take more care.

But after multiple incidents Merton Council has now altered the bollard in a bid to prevent further incidents.

Councillor Stephen Alambritis, leader of Merton Council, said: "Removing the bollard completely would put pedestrians at risk so what we are doing is reconfiguring it so the curb will be doubled in height and there will be better signage for motorists.

"What motorists were doing was hitting the bollard and flipping over which was horrendous.

"Hopefully it won’t happen and drivers will be careful but if they do cut the corner too fast they won’t hit the bollard, they will hit the curb.

"It’s a preventative measure that will also protect residents who cross half way."

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8:49pm Fri 26 Oct 12

collier says...

Well done Wimbledon Guardian for campaigning on this.
Well done Wimbledon Guardian for campaigning on this. collier

7:07am Sat 27 Oct 12

tjames says...

how much money wasted here?
how much money wasted here? tjames

11:00am Sat 27 Oct 12

stuckinamatchbox says...

@tjames

Probably a hell of a lot less than it's been costing to send emergency services there over and over again. Then the trucks used to remove the vehicles over and over again.

How much does it cost to lay a thick block of concrete and put the bell bollard on top of it?
@tjames Probably a hell of a lot less than it's been costing to send emergency services there over and over again. Then the trucks used to remove the vehicles over and over again. How much does it cost to lay a thick block of concrete and put the bell bollard on top of it? stuckinamatchbox

11:59am Sat 27 Oct 12

tjames says...

in the public sector, the prices are astronomical
in the public sector, the prices are astronomical tjames

9:33pm Sat 27 Oct 12

robmorleyuk says...

So instead of a shorty bollard that flips vehicles on to their side in the road there will be a taller bollard that redirects vehicles towards the pavement?
Sounds exciting,
Can hardly wait for the next instalment.
So instead of a shorty bollard that flips vehicles on to their side in the road there will be a taller bollard that redirects vehicles towards the pavement? Sounds exciting, Can hardly wait for the next instalment. robmorleyuk

1:42pm Sun 28 Oct 12

stuckinamatchbox says...

Personally I'd like to know what was there to begin with prior to all the car flips and bell bollard crap.
Personally I'd like to know what was there to begin with prior to all the car flips and bell bollard crap. stuckinamatchbox

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