Over the weekend we had the following comment from Jennifer, which we passed on to the local County Highways Office.
“I must add to the concerns already raised regarding the traffic on Rawreth lane during this period of work on the road – at least I assume it?s the road as there does not appear to be any notice or information as to what the work is, why it is happening and when it will finish.
On Friday evening (5th October) all of the temporary traffic lights were red, all of them. traffic was at a standstill in both directions on Rawreth Lane and doen Downhall Park Way. Eventually the traffic began to move when someone decided to control the traffic themselves and go through the red light to get it moving. I telephoned the Police to advise them of the problem and make them aware of the potential for an accident given the ?red? situation, and to my horror was told they were Council lights and not their concern! Is nobody accountable for this traffic chaos – not just on this occasion but at peak times when the traffic can not move from Downhall Park Way or along Rawreth Lane? Where is the courtesy to explain the work and where is the accountability? “
One of the senior staff County Highways has responded very promptly and has kindly agreed that we can publish what she wrote. So here it is:
Although this is not my particular scheme to manage ECC does have an input and ECC?s consultant is taking the Clerk of Works role on this one. Visits are being made daily.
I too have had a couple of complaints this morning. Friday was a bad day traffic wise and although I?m sure there may be complaints about the Rawreth Lane situation I wouldn?t be surprised if the A12 problems didn?t add to the traffic delays. I have spoken to the Project Manager who has been co-operative on a number of issues that cropped up during the week and he informs me that during the rush hour the signals were managed manually up to 19.00. This agreement was made during last week in the attempt to keep traffic flowing as best as possible. They have also been asked to work 7 day weeks to be able to reduce the length of time on site and have been able to reduce their timescales for completion down to 4 weeks from 12. It is a difficult site to work on with the school, the leisure centre and the busy road as well as the Wimpeys site still to be completed. Unfortunately it is necessary to have the one lane out of use to enable safe working and to provide pedestrian access.
I have requested Courtesy boards to go up as there does not appear to be anything available to give information to the public and these have been promised asap. Once in place this will at least let drivers know how long the works are for.
I have no doubt that there will be complaints until the work is complete regardless of any improvements/changes that are made to the traffic management arrangements as Rawreth Lane is such an important link in our local network
I cannot condone the practice of jumping red lights under any circumstances.