HIGHWAYS, PARKING & TRANSPORT NEWS
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ROADS & FOOTPATHS
Church Lane / Traps Hill (December 2015)
March we reported the dangerous lack of clear road markings at this
junction (there was another accident here recently). County Highways
have finally got round to re-painting them.
Footpath by Loughton station (December 2015)
Cllr Ken Angold-Stephens recently chased up the Central Line section
manager because several street-lights weren’t working. Residents were
concerned because of a recent muggings. Two lights still aren’t
operating and Ken will follow this up. If you’d like to add a
complaint, please contact us for the section manager’s email address.
Church Hill - new zebra crossing! (December 2015)
pedestrian island by Kings Green and the cricket ground is being
replaced (work is scheduled to last until Friday December 11th.) This
is an essential crossing on a busy road, much-used by pedestrians and
particularly by school-children. LRA Cllr Caroline Pond first asked for
a zebra crossing here ten years ago, but County Highways wouldn’t pay
for one and so finally LRA Cllr Chris Pond has managed to arrange for
funding from the local Highways works “pot”
Church Hill – lighting off by Homebase zebra crossing (December 2015)
Cllr Chris Pond raised this with County Highways, who say that there is
a problem with the electrical supply and that their contractor will fix
it within the next 8-10 weeks!
Burney Drive (December 2015)
Chris Pond has been chasing up County Highways on the dreadful state of
this road. It is currently closed between numbers 121 and 147 till
end-Saturday (http://1drv.ms/1QUaQUi). Chris comments that complete
reconstruction of the roadway is needed because of the subsidence of
the concrete slabs from which it is made, and the actions of 14
eleven-ton buses an hour. He has had an indication this might be done
next financial year.
Chigwell Lane widening (December 2015)
Local County Cllrs are being consulted on the draft proposals, on which work should start early in 2016. More
Part-night street lighting (PNL) (December 2015)
A report to the County Council states that:
national ‘Lantern’ study concluded from its research that there was no
evidence that PNL had a negative impact upon crime and road traffic
- Essex Police data
relating to crime, anti-social behaviour and road traffic collisions
highlights no discernible increase, supporting the findings of the
Lantern Project. http://tinyurl.com/pcrtf58
- LRA Cllr Chris Pond
will be pressing the County Council for all-night lighting in Loughton
as & when TfL start all-night running of Central Line trains.
|Traps Hill/Church Lane/Rowans Way (October 2015)|
yet another accident at this “staggered” junction, a resident asked
what was happening – LRA Cllr Chris Pond has managed to get a scheme
for a mini-roundabout at the Traps Hill / Church Lane junction into the
Highways programme for this financial year (it still needs to be
designed and will be subject to a “utilities” survey).
his request for a mini-roundabout at the Traps Hill / Rowans Way
junction was vetoed by the Highways engineers, but we hope that the new
mini-roundabout will have some effect in slowing down the traffic at
Traps Hill / Borders Lane / Alderton Hill (AH)/ Alderton Hall Lane (AHL) (October 2015)
resident raised the problems - for pedestrians and particularly for the
very young and elderly - of crossing Alderton Hill near Alderton Hall
Lane. LRA was delighted that our efforts to improve the Alderton Hill/
Borders Lane junction were successful, although we were disappointed
that the Highways engineers said that Alderton Hill is too narrow for a
central “island” below the mini-roundabout. However, Chris is following
up a proposal for the casualty reduction scheme team to look at the
AH/AHL junction – we’ll keep you posted.
Speed humps (October 2015)
Cllr Chris Roberts responded to a resident’s request for action in
Bushfields because of excessive vehicle speeds threatening child-safety.
has been trying for some time to get traffic-calming in this ward, but
the County Council is currently “anti” speed bumps as they are
massively expensive to install and maintain, and bus operators strongly
LRA Cllr Chris Pond has taken forward a request for a change of speed
limit in Alderton Hall Lane, due mainly to the need for safety near the
Dog fouling (October 2015)
complaints from residents about dog fouling in several streets around
Loughton, notably The Avenue and Staples Road (the latter being near a
primary school which is a significant concern), LRA Cllr Ken
Angold-Stephens has asked the District Council to check both these
roads. He has also suggested that a publicity campaign could be
started, especially in local schools, as he is a firm believer that if
we educate children from a young age they will take that message home
to their parents and friends - they could be instrumental in shaming
adults into behaving more responsibly.
the District Council advice.
of your dog’s waste (October 2015)|
the signs in Epping Forest point out, the dog-poo-fairy doesn’t exist and so
it’s much appreciated if you can pick up your dog’s waste and dispose of it in
a dog-waste- bin or, securely wrapped in a plastic bag, in the ordinary
rubbish-bins, or take it home with you.
Burney Drive resurfacing (October 2015)
Cllr David Wixley has confirmed to a resident who is concerned about
the dreadful state of the road surface that this is on the list for the
current financial year (work can’t be carried out during poor weather
so there’s a danger that the programme may slip).
Ollards Grove bollards (October 2015)
reported a missing bollard at this busy High Road junction and followed
this up when nothing happened – the Council plan to replace the
existing illuminated bollards with reflective ones.
POTHOLES & DRAINS
Drain outside Roding Valley School on Alderton Hill (December 2015)
We worked hard last year to get County Highways to clear this. It's blocked again recently and we've reported it.
Lower Road pothole (December 2015)Potholes
Pond followed up County Highways failure to spot a deep pothole on the
Church Hill corner by Sevenoaks Audio, and Highways say it has now been
Essex County Council have issued a press release saying that the number of
potholes on all categories of Essex roads fell over the three months to
September 30 this year, by 15% on Essex County Council’s Priority 1 routes, by
32% on Priority 2 routes, & by 5% on local roads, compared to the previous
Please keep on reporting potholes and other Highways problems.
The County Council Highways department have a set of maintenance standards which they follow for pothole (and other) repairs – see
page 66. Because they have an enormous backlog of work, they are trying to
concentrate on only the worst cases. For potholes, they have set a minimum
depth of 75mm (about 3”), which we think is too deep.
Streetlights (October 2015)
Six of the lights on the footpath between Loughton Station and Roding Road
are not working and have been reported to TfL.
Alderton Hill drains (September 2015)
- By the school: We
are told that the notorious drain opposite the Roding Road junction is
blocking up again, but we haven’t managed to catch it actually flooded.
If you can send a photo of the puddle then we’ll report it (again!)
- Higher up: a
resident reported a blocked drain which was leading to flooding in his
garden, and we’re following this up with County Highways.
Drain on Alderton Hill (January 2015)
Highways carried out repairs on December 22nd & 23rd to the drain
alongside Roding Valley High School. The problem is not the drain
itself, but the way in which its outflow into the brook regularly gets
blocked – and passers-by get drenched. I have spent a lot of time
explaining the problem to Highways – let’s hope they have sorted it out
this time. At least the work was scheduled out of term-time.
Reports please – after heavy rain – as to whether they have solved the problem this time.
Alderton Hill drain (November 2014)
made a formal complaint to the County Council about their lack of
effective action to resolve a drainage problem over the last 4 years,
despite repeated complaints by us and others. The drain is right by the
narrow footpath at the side of Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill
and has repeatedly blocked up, so that residents and children get
drenched by passing traffic when it rains!
(The drain empties into the nearby brook, and it is the exit into the
brook which gets blocked – a permanent solution is needed.)
County Highways have replied to our formal complaint. They say that to
clear the gully it will be necessary to use temporary traffic lights
for safety – they are investigating how and when to do this (but can’t
tell us more). LRA Cllr Chris Pond has followed up the lack of action
with the County Highways Portfolio-holder, and if necessary we will
make another formal complaint.
Pothole damage? (February 2014)
If your car is
damaged by a pothole, and the County Council refuse to reimburse you
for the repairs, contact us. LRA and its Cllrs frequently report the potholes we see.
If we can demonstrate that the Council were notified of a defect and
did nothing about it, then they are liable (as LRA Cllr Chris Pond has
already successfully argued on behalf of one resident) – and a recent
Colchester court ruling means they are even more likely to have to pay
Parking at Loughton station (December 2015)
know that some residents are surprised to see cars parked on the
“island” in front of the station. LRA Cllr Ken Angold-Stephens has
investigated the situation. This is County Highways land, and although
TfL would like to see double yellow lines installed here, realistically
NEPP’s backlog of parking schemes requests is so long that there is no
possibility of this ever reaching the top of the list.
Broadway area and Borders Lane parking (December 2015)
are (slowly) underway in the District Council about reviving the
Broadway area parking review (on hold since 2008 and only still on the
books because of LRA’s persistence). In addition, LRA Cllr Chris Pond
will also be asking for double-yellow lines on the junction corners on
the Redrow estate, where the combination of a lack of parking and
narrow roads is leading to significant levels of obstructions.
Parking over Christmas and New Year (December 2015)
Free weekend parking throughout December in District Council & Sainsbury’s car-park. More
Yellow lines - there will be no enforcement by NEPP on the holiday Bank Holidays (December 26th & 27th and January 1st).
Disabled parking space (December 2015)|
LRA Cllr Jill Angold-Stephens was contacted by a
disabled resident whose marked parking space lines had worn out. If he went out
he was unable to park on his return, and this had left him almost housebound.
With help from LRA Cllr Chris Pond, Jill was able to get his space repainted.
Broadway Area Parking Review (October 2015)
with long memories will recall that back in 2007/8 the District Council
promised residents a parking scheme to alleviate the dreadful parking
situation in this area. They tried to renege on this, but LRA Cllr
Chris Pond forced them to honour their undertaking. They then made such
a mess of the Epping and Buckhurst Hill schemes that it has taken till
now to sort them out. We have kept on pressing for action. Finally,
local Cllrs have been promised a discussion, by November 3rd, on how
the council will take the Broadway scheme forward………
BUS, TUBE & RAIL
Loughton Tube station (December 2015)
From 9 November, Tfl will
be carrying out improvement work for up to a month at Loughton Tube station as
part of their plans to modernise the Tube. The ticket windows will be
permanently closed, and staff will move into the ticket hall to help customers.
The station will continue to be staffed between the first and last train times. More
Buses 20 & 167 (December 2015)
LRA Cllr Chris Pond is
pursuing the threat to bus routes 167 and 20, which connect Debden, the High
Road and Buckhurst Hill, from proposed County Council cuts to the £580,000
annual subsidy it gives to Transport for London (TfL). He comments that “These
routes are vital lifelines for our area to Walthamstow and Ilford. They
are really heavily used for school, work, leisure, shopping, and when the
Central line is disrupted. It may be that these routes could be partially
replaced, but that would be at lower frequency, greater cost, with no
schoolchildren's free travel - and older, banger buses such as afflict some
outer parts of Epping Forest.
The portfolio holder at Essex County Council has responded after
his meeting with LRA Cllr Chris Pond to discuss concerns about the withdrawal
of County funding for these TfL services. Continuation of the current
services depends on TfL, but if changes are proposed there will be advance
consultation.Bus route 213/ 213C/ 250 (December 2015)
time-table changes. Proposals and timetable.
Wifi now available (December 2015)
Now at Loughton, Debden and other local stations.Once you've activated Virgin Media WiFi, your device
will automatically pick up the WiFi signal when you're in a WiFi enabled Tube
station. No signal in tunnels, but you’ll connect to the signal at the next
WiFi enabled station. More
|New Tube map with walking times|
This has the times it
takes to walk between stations in Zones 1 and 2. Map
Court Road station (December 2015)
The station has
been closed for station improvement work, but from Monday December 7th Central line trains resumed
serving the station.
The Night Tube
All-night Tube trains at weekends are unlikely to start
this year, as talks between London Underground and unions have broken down.
Central Line overnight service (August 2015)
- A new timetable will operate on the Central Line, with a 20-minute all-night service to Loughton on Fridays and Saturdays.
operational reasons, between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays, the service of
trains previously terminating at Debden Station will be withdrawn – the
net effect will be five fewer trains between Loughton and Debden,
although the present frequency of the service to Epping will remain.
LRA-led Town Council (LTC) will remind the County Council
Portfolio-holder that it has asked for Loughton’s all-night
street-lighting on Fridays and Saturdays to match the new overnight
Car-parking at Underground stations beyond Loughton (August 2015)
LRA will oppose any attempts to increase car-parking at Loughton
station or further out on the Central Line, unless they are accompanied
by equivalent road-side parking restrictions – otherwise, the effect
will be to encourage even more commuters from the rest of the county,
making it even harder than it already is for Loughton residents to get
onto Central Line trains at peak periods (the line is already at – or
over – capacity).
- Theydon Bois: TfL
tried to extend the car-park onto previously undeveloped Green Belt
land (the old allotment site beyond the railway lines and outside of
the ‘urban settlement edge’ of the village) without a full planning
application. The Theydon Bois Action Group (TBAG) took action (Judicial
Review) to prevent this, and TfL have agreed to a full hearing. [The
LRA Plans group supported TBAG]. More
- Epping: TFL
have had pre-application discussions with the District Council to deck
over part of Epping Station car park and increase the parking capacity
Oyster cards, Stratford International – St Pancras (August 2015)
Oyster cards can now be used “overground” between Stratford International and St Pancras. Fare for senior railcard holders £4.
TRANSPORT - GENERAL
Essex Speed Management Strategy. (mid-2013)
The new strategy is now available online. The
County Council will be reviewing speed limits across the County,
although this will take some time. LRA will be looking for ways of
using the strategy in Loughton, such as 20mph zones (but note that
20mph speed limits have to be generally self-enforcing, so that the
existing conditions of the road plus any traffic calming and signs lead
to average traffic speeds which comply with the speed limit, without
additional police enforcement.)