Village News

31st Oct 2017 Last updated at 17:40

Traffic Chaos in Outwood Lane

SCC has now started road works associated with the construction of a flooding relief lagoon adjacent to Outwood Lane. The works are located between the junctions of Outwood Lane with Hazelwood Lane, Lower Park Road/Holly Lane and Station Parade. The works are scheduled to take approximately 11 weeks, terminating just before Christmas.

SCC is doing most of the work under 2, 3 and 4 way traffic signals for one way traffic movements in various configurations depending on the location of the work going on at the time. In addition, there was a road closure between 21 – 28 October and a further closure is scheduled between 18 – 26 November.

This work is causing severe traffic chaos in Chipstead. Through traffic normally using the well known Star Lane/Hazelwood Lane/Outwood Lane rat run in peak hours is being diverted along High Road, How Lane and Coulsdon Lane. Peak hours traffic along these roads is now heavy and extra care is needed when using these roads on foot.

Peak hours congestion is also preventing traffic coming from Kingswood along Outwood Lane from accessing the Hazelwood Lane roundabout as traffic coming down Hazelwood   Lane has priority. Residents in this section of Outwood Lane are experiencing regular delays in excess of 30 minutes.

It is regrettable that this work is being carried out at the same time as the major A217 road works. To avoid severe congestion along the A217 traffic was already finding alternative routes through Chipstead and the Outwood   Lane works has compounded the problem.

CRA has contacted our SCC councillor, Ken Gulati, to see what can be done to reduce the severe inconvenience to Chipstead residents. One suggestion is to shorten the planned 11 week period with accelerated working, including 7 day weeks and longer working hours. The following is an extract from an email received from SCC Local Highway Services:

“We would like to reassure you that our traffic management and diversion route plans were discussed months ahead of the works beginning in order to minimise disruption in this traffic sensitive area.  Discussions took place between Surrey Highways drainage engineers, Surrey County Councils Street Works team, SES Water, London Borough of Sutton and Croydon Council to look at the best way to manage this site, where possible sequence work during school half term holidays and to avoid (where possible) clashes with lane closures on the A217.  We were aware that carrying out this work at the same time as the SES Water works on the A217 would have an impact on road users, but unfortunately the drainage work needed to be carried out before winter when the likelihood of flooding increases, and while the budget was available.”

The CRA is continuing to press SCC for urgent mitigation proposals.