Quicks Road will close for major works

Rat run road will close for major works

Key: Yellow - pedestrian crossing, Green - trees, plants and grass, Black block - tree planter

Key: Yellow - pedestrian crossing, Green - trees

First published in News Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A "rat-run" is set to undergo major work to slow down and restrict traffic.

Planning officers will narrow entry points to Quicks Road, South Wimbledon as part of a £158,000 three-phase plan to improve road infrastructure and slow down traffic.

Work is expected to begin on March 3 and end on April 19, restricting vehicular access and limiting parking on the busy through road.

Councillor Andrew Judge, cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, said: "The purpose of the entry treatments is to emphasise drivers are entering a predominantly residential street, so that the different ambience has an impact in slowing speeds and deterring rat running."

Changes to the road's entry points, at the junctions with Merton Road and Haydons Road, will include widening the pavement, planting trees and marking pedestrian crossings.

The plans are opposed by business owners in the street, who are exasperated after suffering a series of roadworks disruptions over the last three years.

Mark Burrow, partner of Framers in Quicks Road, has led objections to the development, arguing delivery vans won't be able to reach shops without mounting the pavement.

Mr Burrow, who lived in the road for six years, said: "Councillor Judge says he wants to reduce traffic. But the newsagent relies heavily on passing trade, as do the beauticians and deli.

"I have to cross the junction six times a day and I know that a lorry won't be able to get round if a car is waiting at the junction to cross onto Merton Road, where it is left-turn only.

"A van-driver in rush hour when there's a queue of cars waiting to get onto Merton Road and more cars are coming to join is not going to wait and will mount the pavement."

Gary Marshall, chief engineer for the roadworks, said the road entry points, which at 3m in width will still be wider than secondary road guidelines, will allow safe access for delivery vans.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Phase 1, March 3 to 21: Access into Quicks Road via Haydons Road will be significantly limited and the junction will be closed for some periods.

Phase 2, March 24 to April 4: Access into Quicks Road via Merton Road will be significantly limited and the junction will be closed at various times.

Phase 3, April 14 to 19: The entire length of Quicks Road will be resurfaced, with works carried out between 8am and 5pm. Vehicle access will be limited and the road will sometimes be closed. Temporary parking restrictions will be introduced.

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12:11pm Tue 25 Feb 14

tjames says...

more wasted money
more wasted money tjames
  • Score: 2

12:29pm Tue 25 Feb 14

collier says...

We can look forward to more traffic jams on Merton High Street. Quicks Road is a relief road not a rat run, it already has speed bumps and width restriction. The extra road narrowing on Merton high Street hinders ambulances and fire engines and makes them use their sirens more. Meanwhile the lorries now drive on the pavement, look at the tyre marks on the new widened pavement. But who cares, this is an election year and this is a marginal ward so some new paving might win a few votes.
We can look forward to more traffic jams on Merton High Street. Quicks Road is a relief road not a rat run, it already has speed bumps and width restriction. The extra road narrowing on Merton high Street hinders ambulances and fire engines and makes them use their sirens more. Meanwhile the lorries now drive on the pavement, look at the tyre marks on the new widened pavement. But who cares, this is an election year and this is a marginal ward so some new paving might win a few votes. collier
  • Score: 5

12:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

J Gould says...

Quicks Rd already has width restriction in place at the Haydons Rd end. South Park Rd, which is entirely residential, is used as a rat run all the time and this will get much, much worse when Quicks Rd is closed for alterations. The council need to think these things through and look at rat runs and traffic calming across the whole of South Wimbledon. If you close one rat run you simply move the problem elsewhere. So, can South Park Rd, which has no shops or businesses, please have similar traffic calming measures?
Quicks Rd already has width restriction in place at the Haydons Rd end. South Park Rd, which is entirely residential, is used as a rat run all the time and this will get much, much worse when Quicks Rd is closed for alterations. The council need to think these things through and look at rat runs and traffic calming across the whole of South Wimbledon. If you close one rat run you simply move the problem elsewhere. So, can South Park Rd, which has no shops or businesses, please have similar traffic calming measures? J Gould
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Wed 26 Feb 14

tjames says...

i think TfL should be in charge because there needs to be joined up thinking--blocking off one road worsens others so no overall gain--hence my comment re waste of money
i think TfL should be in charge because there needs to be joined up thinking--blocking off one road worsens others so no overall gain--hence my comment re waste of money tjames
  • Score: 0

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