Morning all

This has just landed in my inbox - slightly edited to remove jargon

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen.

Thames Water has two serious water leaks on large mains in Thames St / Hampton Court Rd Hampton. As these leaks are close to each other it has been agreed that Thames Water should complete both carriageway leaks under the same traffic management plan.

All west bound traffic flows will be maintained at all times. The right hand turn into Church St will be maintained at all times. East bound traffic will be diverted into High St Hampton and diverted into Church St and then back onto Hampton Court Rd. TfL London buses have had input into this proposal.

All of these works are to be undertaken during the school half term period 25th October to the 31st of October.

Thames Water will be working extended hours at the Councils request from 07:00am to 19:00pm every day.

FAIR WARNING FOLKS!

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I think Thames Water must use sieves under that road rather than pipes! Let's hope they won't discover more leaks in the first week of November.

Has that section of road only recently been excavated for gas main works? God forbid that the two utility companies might have collaborated to sort out all the pipes at once...

Unless, of course, the gas contractors punched the holes in the water pipes...

Thanks Gareth for the early warning much appreciated.  Lets hope the timetable is adhered to.

Thanks for the warning. As I'm temporarily living in Molesey at the moment this once again is going to be an absolute nightmare getting to work in Hampton. Its becoming a joke now with the amount of times Thames water has to dig up this stretch of road.

Will this have an impact at the bottom of Station Road and if so, what measures will be put into place to alleviate any build up of traffic there?

Wow ... Will the buses be able to turn right into Church St from High St Hampton without doing a 3 point turn?! It makes a change not to have the traffic coming down Station Road due to yet another leak! Thanks for the heads up. I do wonder about the water company.. Someone I know who used to live in Holly Road Hampton Hill was surprised to see her road being dug up by them un-announced some years ago. When she phoned to ask what was going on she was told that they were not in her road. On replying that she was standing and watching them they still maintained that she was wrong... And then she had a brain wave and asked if there were any works due in Holly Road Twickenham... Yes. They had started to dig up the wrong road! You couldn't make it up :)
With the amount of lorries and buses its not entirely supprising the pipes have cracked.

Does anyone log how often the A308 (Thames St, Hampton Court Road, Staines Road) is disrupted for water or gas road works? It seems to be about every 2 months, which surely is unacceptable! Can't we lobby or petition the utility companies to do a full survey of their services under that road and then do a comprehensive replacement? Wouldn't it be better to have disruption for a month or two (pref over the summer) once and for all than what we're getting at present?

And can we ask for a refund or reduction of Council Tax for the extra time and fuel costs (not to mention pollution) we suffer as a result?

Hello Ian

I suppose the question is whether this, or indeed any of the works, are the council's fault. As you may know I'm no apologist for the council but this is the result of Thames Water identifying two major leaks which need addressing - also I think this is a TFL maintained road so the buck would stop there.

As for dragging the whole lot up for a couple of months to get to the bottom of everything - perhaps long ago before the bright golden dawn of privatisation, where profit wasn't the guiding principle, this may have been possible but I doubt it could be achieved now!
 
Ian Lancaster said:

Does anyone log how often the A308 (Thames St, Hampton Court Road, Staines Road) is disrupted for water or gas road works? It seems to be about every 2 months, which surely is unacceptable! Can't we lobby or petition the utility companies to do a full survey of their services under that road and then do a comprehensive replacement? Wouldn't it be better to have disruption for a month or two (pref over the summer) once and for all than what we're getting at present?

And can we ask for a refund or reduction of Council Tax for the extra time and fuel costs (not to mention pollution) we suffer as a result?

As a 216 bus driver, I know from experience what utter chaos the road works cause. When these works start on October 25th, the traffic delays will be horrendous, especially going towards Kingston. This will affect the 216 and 111 buses. I am not looking forward to it at all!

Thank You for the Early Warning - Very Helpful

Hi Gareth,

I have just noticed the road is up in High Street Hampton as you turn left out of Station Road will this have a bearing on next weeks work on Thames Street.  The notice in High St has a start date 20th Oct til 30th Oct.  The bottom of Station Road will be chaos since we will not be able to turn right according to the planning in this weeks R&T news and have difficulty turning left.  HELP

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