Roadworks threaten congestion over Christmas period

Image above: emergency roadworks at Chalker’s Corner after a burst water main

Burst water main at Chalkers Corner / South Parade closed for two days / A4 roadworks and Cycleway works paused

A burst water main at Chalkers Corner, where the Lower Richmond Road (A316) meets Mortlake Rd (A205) just south of Chiswick Bridge has been causing traffic jams since Thursday 15 December.

Meanwhile, South Parade will be closed for two days this week, on Wednesday 21 December and Thursday 22 for resurfacing. The roadworks on the A4 eastern approach to Chiswick Roundabout have now been postponed until the new year. Upgrades on Cycleway 9, paused for Christmas, will resume in January.

Image above: Tweet from BBC Radio Travel London on Monday (19 December) showing the extent of the water mains burst 

Chalker’s Corner – burst water main repairs

A burst water main at Chalker’s Corner in Mortlake is causing congestion just south of Chiswick Bridge, as Thames Water engineers try and repair the damage.

Long delays have been reported since Thursday (15 December) on the A205 South Circular both ways at A316 Lower Richmond Road, with congestion around Mortlake Cemetery, Chiswick Bridge, Mortlake High Street back past the brewery, Sainsburys at Manor Circus in Richmond, and back through East Sheen back to Barnes Common.

Drivers reported “traffic mayhem” on all roads in the area as repairs began on Saturday (17 December). Temporary lights have been put up but some have complained they are not working properly, further adding to the frustration of motorists.

As a result of the burst water main, the A205 South Circular Mortlake is down to two lanes on all approaches and queues continue to build up along all surrounding roads outside of peak times.

Transport for London say work will continue there until Thursday 22 December.

Image above: congestion along the A4 during the works

A4 Roadworks postponed until January

The A4 roadworks on Cromwell Railway Bridge on the eastern approach to Chiswick roundabout have been postponed until January. The roadworks were initially planned to be finished by the end of December, but closure of the road for the Queen’s funeral cortege to pass in September and the recent weather conditions have put back the finish date.

The M4 / A4 was due to be closed eastbound from Junction 2 to Hogarth Roundabout over the weekend of Friday 9 – Monday 12 December, but work was cancelled at the last minute due to the snow.

Transport for London say there will now be full eastbound closures between M4 junction 2 and Hogarth Roundabout over two weekends in January, from 10.30 om Friday – 5am on Monday on 6-9 and 13-6 January.

Image above: roadwork barriers on South Parade

South Parade resurfacing works

South Parade is to be closed for two days this week for resurfacing, as part of a broader project to improve pavements and kerbs in the area.

Work will begin on Wednesday 21 December and Thursday 22 December between 8.00am and 5.00pm. Congestion is expected in and around Bedford Park.

The road will be shut from the junction with Acton Lane by the Duke of Sussex pub and the mini roundabout by Fishers Lane. Parking within the work area will be suspended and any vehicles parked in the working area will be relocated to a neighbouring street, according to Ealing Council. They will not be returned to their original position once the works are complete.

Access to Ramillies Road, Rusthall Avenue & St Albans Avenue will not be permitted through South Parade and traffic, including the 94 bus, will divert via The Avenue, Southfield Road and Acton Lane.

The resurfacing work was originally meant to take place earlier, but was postponed due to the A4 roadworks.

Image above: a cyclist on Chiswick High Rd

“Delays are possible” during cycle lane ‘upgrade’ works

Work in Chiswick High Rd on Cycleway 9, paused for Christmas, will continue on Tuesday 3 January.  The cycle lane will be closed while workers finish phase 3b of the project. It is expected to be completed by 31 January at the latest.

Work at the junctions of Cranbrook Road and Devonshire Road have already been completed. Other work as part of Phase 3b includes:

  • New entry treatments and raised crossings Brackley Road, Linden Gardens and Duke’s Road.
  • New eastbound and westbound bus shelters at Mayfield Avenue and Linden Gardens.
  • Left turn exit only for motorised vehicles at Duke’s Road Junction.
  • New parking spaces near Duke’s Road Junction.
  • A new advanced stop line for cyclists will be installed at the junction with Acton Lane.
  • Junction resurfacing and installing a yellow box junction at the Chiswick High Road junction with Turnham Green Terrace and Annandale Road and at the junction with Duke Avenue.
  • New zebra crossing on Chiswick High Road junction with a one-way exit at Linden Gardens.
  • Resurfacing of the westbound carriageway of Chiswick High Road at Heathfield Terrace.

LB Hounslow says access to residential areas adjoining Chiswick High Road and to local shops will be maintained at all times. Diversion signs will be clearly signed informing of alternative routes where applicable.

The work will take place between 7.30am and 4.00pm from Monday to Saturday. The Council says residents and businesses in the area have been informed directly and they will receive further advanced notice of any night working which will be required to resurface the carriageway on Chiswick High Road in January.

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See also: Strikes affect train, bus, tube and airport services, healthcare and mail deliveries over Christmas and into the new year

See also: Devonshire Road evening access restriction made permanent

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