Turnham Green Terrace has been reopened for drivers going northbound from Chiswick High Rd to Bedford Park. The ‘no access’ signs when went up in July, making the Terrace a no through route, were taken down on Thursday 29 October, to alleviate the build up of traffic on the High Road caused by major works being carried out by Thames Water at the railway bridge on Acton Lane in front of Chiswick Park tube station.
Emergency work started on Friday 23 October on a burst water main. Initially Thames Water thought the work would take only a few days, until Monday 26 October, but as work got under way they realised it would take much longer. There is a Victorian sewer pipe resting on the water pipe they need to mend which could fracture if it is moved. They now expect the work to take until the end of November.
Image above: Roadworks at beginning of Acton Lane
Thames Water compounds traffic chaos by diverting traffic down no through road
The works by Thames Water take up all one side of the road, allowing only one way traffic, southbound on the part of Acton Lane between the mini roundabout at Chiswick Park station and the High Rd. They diverted northbound traffic to Turnham Green Terrace instead, but at that point the traffic restrictions on the Terrace were still in place, so effectively they were inviting drivers to be fined.
Cllr Gerald McGregor, leader of Chiswick’s Conservative councilors on HOunslow council, noticed the error on Saturday 24 October and wrote to the council’s lead traffic officer. He told The Chiswick Calendar hIs letter was escalated to the Chief Exec Niall Bolger, but it wasn’t until Thursday, nearly a week after the roadworks were installed, that the road signs were taken down from Turnham Green Terrace.
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