We ask the tricky questions so you don’t have to. (No.2)

Upper Richmond Road West has been on the receiving end of an awful lot of tarmac in the last couple of weeks, and is now beautifully finished.

Which is nice, but there was a big consultation last year, and RCC took the opportunity to look at some of the issues with that stretch of road. This is a busy road, which serves five local schools, as well as a number of other local amenities, and it was being consulted on because it’s an accident blackspot.

So you can imagine that we were very worried that the many responses we’re aware of, which were deeply critical of the proposed plans, have been ignored.

We decided to ask the council what’s going on … 

And luckily it turns out that this is all about making use of allocated funds before the new financial year – TfL had provided the cash to resurface, and no decision has apparently been made about the consultation results yet …

It’s taken quite a while to get what is pretty simple information out of the council, but they have explained the current situation – now we’re just waiting to hear the outcome of the consultation.

A number of people have contacted us about this, so please don’t be shy telling the council that you think this stretch of road needs fixing, and copy us in!

One thought on “We ask the tricky questions so you don’t have to. (No.2)

  1. Just wrote to the council asking them what their plans to ensure safer cycling & encourage more cycling along this road. Sent the following to the Highways mgt (is this the right place?):

    The Upper Richmond Road West is looking lovely and is a delight to use! However, it looks as if the cycle lanes are narrower than before – they are not 2m wide and I had heard that the council was looking to make them safer / wider / segregated / away from the door zone of parked cars.

    While cyclists still feel vulnerable on this fast road, I fear that they will continue to cycle along the pavements, particularly on the approaches to the Clifford Avenue & Manor Road traffic lights where, with two lanes of motor vehicles, there are pedestrian priority and motor vehicle priority systems but no cycle priority system.

    As a motorist, I would like cyclists to have a priority sytem so I can predict where they will be, where they will go & where they will arrive from when they join the queue at a red traffic light. At the moment, particularly at the Clifford Avenue junction, there really is no proper space for them.

    What are the council’s plans to ensure the safety and encouragement of cyclists on this road?

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