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Ewell Road dangerous…’Surrey Comet’ agrees

November 9, 2007

accident2.jpg We published this photograph, taken by a resident of Iris Close, earlier this year. Since February we have been trying to get RBK traffic engineers and TfL to take seriously the danger posed by speeding traffic especially, it seems, at the Kingsdowne Road/ Ewell Road/ Hollyfield Road area.

We welcome the article by Lisa Williams of the ‘Surrey Comet’ (see http://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.1813631.0.kingston_road_danger_list.php) as a contribution to the campaign. Perhaps, with the help of the press, we can get TfL, whose road it now is, to take Ewell Road’s problems seriously.

We had been looking to get some sort of traffic calming in the area where this accident (one of 3 this year to involve injury to persons and/or damage to walls) occurred. We are disappointed that a Lib Dem councillor for Berrylands, quoted in the article, does not seem to support such a move.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. mojoman permalink
    November 9, 2007 12:32 pm

    The whole road needs a rethink it is so overparked over signed,bus laned and offsets that no wonder folks crash.
    The amazing thing is that anyone gets above 20 mph during normal driving hours.
    King Charles Road now bears all the overspill traffic and is 20 mph with its side roads being 30 mph,how crazy is that?

    Come on Tfl and planners get a grip,get Surbiton moving again and make the road easier to navigate.

  2. November 10, 2007 11:08 am

    I agree with you about the proliferation of signs and that King Charles Road still bears too much traffic. The rearrangement of the Ewell Road/ St. Mark’s Hill/ Lamberts Road junction was supposed to ease the KCR congestion, but then TfL – against our advice but with ardent backing from the Lib Dems – went and slapped bus lanes down there which no-one locally wanted.
    The recent spate of accidents, like the one in our photo, have happened at or near the junction with Kingsdowne Road and Hollyfield Road, where there are traffic lights to control the junction. To end up like the car in our picture – or like the one in February which demolished a garden wall in Iris Close – a car had to be travelling at very great speed. Why this should be is a matter for some debate – but it’s one that needs addressing seriously before someone gets killed.
    Unfortunately, a side-effect of the setting up of the GLA by Blair is that the A240 (Ewell Road) isn’t RBK’s road any more. It’s TfL’s road (or Ken Livingstone’s!)

  3. mojoman permalink
    November 11, 2007 10:42 am

    Say no more,perhaps we should just line all of our roads with “armco barriers” to separate traffic from people,

  4. November 11, 2007 4:55 pm

    Actually armco barriers at this point were discussed. These would certainly protect pedestrians but would probably propel any car that hit them off to the right into the path of a southbound vehicle.

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