There have been traffic diversions at the Hampton Triangle since at least 25 October. The reason is that Thames Water are digging up the water mains. Nothing new there – they seem to dig up the A308 somewhere along the stretch between Church Street, Hampton and the junction with the Lower Sunbury Road every year around now.
This time, however, they are digging in front of The Bell, and at other sites around the Hampton Triangle. Traffic is now one-way only (westbound) in front of The Bell. Vehicles travelling along the A308 towards Hampton Court and Kingston are being diverted up High Street and then down Church Street to rejoin the A308. The result has been traffic chaos. There have been several accidents, danger to pedestrians, and road rage at enhanced levels. Large vehicles have been forced into three point turns to negotiate the sharp corner at the top of the Triangle.
This is a timely pre-run of the practical implications of The Jockey Club’s plans for the Hampton Triangle. These plans can be seen in Document 7, attached. The salient points are a ban on vehicles turning right from the A308 into the High Street, and left from the High Street onto the A308, and a ban on vehicles turning right from Station Road onto the High Street.
That will mean the traffic from Station Road having to use the Triangle as a large misshapen roundabout, travelling up the High Street and turning very sharply right into Church Street in order to get to the A308. Vehicles coming south from Hampton Hill and wishing to travel towards Sunbury Cross on the A308 will have to use Church Street, whereas before they might have used either Church Street or the High Street. And all this on top of what The Jockey Club assumes will be an increase of only 300 cars during rush hours resulting from the 1500 dwellings plus commercial units which they want to build on Green Belt at the Kempton Park estate. One might justifiably call that wild, bordering on criminal, optimism.
Sunbury Cross roundabout and the Hampton Triangle are already pinch-points for local and through traffic. Just the slightest restriction – as the current Thames Water road-works show so clearly – causes huge tailbacks all over the place. Traffic has regularly been queuing as far back towards Sunbury Cross as Harfield Road, and that’s out of rush hour. Add in the likely extra traffic from the proposed development at Kempton Park – which could easily be three times the assumption of The Jockey Club – and the result will be gridlock for anyone who wants to travel other than at midnight. No amount of fiddling with traffic arrangements will change that.
Recently released FOI documents confirm that a planning application is expected to be made by The Jockey Club after the general election in May 2015. We will need funds to fight it.
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