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Enforced Left Turn

Reported in the Road or pavement obstruction category anonymously at 09:00, Tue 28 August 2012

Sent to Transport For London Street Management 5 minutes later

The enforced left hand turn heading South on the A243 and onto Bridge Road has been implemented without any local consultation.

There are a number of concerned local residents who would like to see this removed and the roundabout operate as normal.

There are traffic jams back on the A243, and the surrounding roads of Parbury Rise, Bolton Road and Ellingham Road are used as a Rat Run, as are Orchard Gardens and Station Road.

I represent many local residents who would like to see the roundabout reverted to how it used to work, to allow traffic in the left hand lane to go straight ahead.

The A243 is a trunk road and is largely a red route. This change was made without any local consultation and it is very upsetting.

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  • Still open, via questionnaire, 10:02, Tue 23 October 2012

  • Dear [Redacted]

    Thank you for your enquiry regarding the changes to the A243 Hook Road junction with Bridge Road Roundabout in the Royal Borough of Kingston.

    The lane marking delineation on the northern arm of the roundabout took place to improve lane disciple and comfort along the A243. Previously, there was a pinch-point on the south-bound exit of the roundabout, where two vehicles circulating side by side would merge into a single lane at the Leatherhead Road exit, increasing the likelihood of a side swipe collision. This was particularly difficult for pedal cyclists who may be squeezed by HGV’s leaving the roundabout at the same time.

    There is also a zebra crossing on the south-bound exit, and there were concerns that drivers attention would be diverted from the crossing whilst attempting to negotiate this pinch-point, increasing the chance of collisions with pedestrians.

    Although there was not a written consultation on the scheme, during the design phase, Transport for London (TfL) officers engaged with key stakeholders including the Police, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and met with residents and a local councillor to discuss the proposal.

    TfL is currently monitoring the scheme and will look into investigating any issues that may arise from this review.

    Thank you for taking the time to contact Transport for London.

    Yours sincerely

    Customer Service Advisor
    Transport for London

    Posted anonymously at 10:02, Tue 23 October 2012

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