Alton Road traffic calming measure consultation

Some residents on the Alton East may remember that back in February 2016 the Hyacinth Road bus stop was moved slightly up the hill. The following pictures show the works being done and what it looked like when completed.

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Now, there is a consultation regarding installing raised cushions near the bus stop. The below picture highlights the consultation and a resident (a member of the Stoughton Close & Greatham Walk Residents Association) has followed up with the Council asking various questions.

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It took a while for answers to be provided though hopefully you will find the following of interest. It does not seem that all of the questions have been answered, for instance, it still has not been explained the reason for not including a contact phone number or email within the consultation notice.

From: Council
Sent: Friday, 16 December 2016, 13:59
Subject: RE: Alton Rd traffic calming measures

Thank you very much for your quick response to my email.

Please find attached requested drawing for information. I apologise for forgetting the drawing to attach to my last email.

The council published all its notices in Wandsworth Guardian. You may therefore want to ask the management of the paper to extend its circulation to your area.

As I mentioned in my previous email, there are elderly pedestrians and schoolchildren who regularly travel between the South and the north of the estate crossing Alton Road between stationary buses. This was the reason the bus stop was relocated to the east. In addition, the council has a rigorous safety monitoring system in place for all new and existing projects.

As you mentioned in your last email, your organisation is fairly new and it was not known to me.  In future, I can reassure you that your association will be consulted with any future scheme for your area.

Should you have further queries regarding the above project please do contact me.

Sent: 15 December 2016 20:34
To: Council
Subject: Alton Rd traffic calming measures

Thank you very much for both the email and for extending deadline, this is much appreciated.

I do have some additional comments regarding the below email and have been prefixed SF 15/12.

From: Council
Date: 15 December 2016 at 12:49:54 GMT
Subject: RE: Alton Rd traffic calming measures

Thank you very much for your email below regarding Alton Road speed cushion relocation works. In order to address each one of your queries, I have inserted a response under each and every item of your email in blue.

1.      The posters state a date of June, though they look new and I walk past this area all the time and take the bus from here. The question is when were these posters put up?

The poster is published in the local newspaper, Wandsworth Guardian, in June 2016, and it was displayed on the lamp columns on 23rd November 2016.

SF 15/12 – the Wandsworth Guardian is not distributed in the Alton Estate and there are hardly any distributed within the ward. There has been a Residents Association in the area for 15 months or so and it is a little disappointing this was not notified to the RA.

2.      Why do the posters not contain a phone number or email address so that residents can contact someone from the Council?

The address of the council was written at the bottom left of the notice. The address of every department of The Council can be also found from the council website.

SF 15/12 – I can appreciate that there is an address though the question is why there was not a phone number or email address provided. The notice only mentions only an address which is not optimal was the original deadline was 9th December starting on November 23rd. This is not a lot of time for correspondence by post to raise queries and receive a response.

3.      How did this request to move the cushions originate?

This work is a part of bus stop accessibility improvement works. In order to improve the safety and conformability of buses for passengers, Transport for London “Accessible Bus stop Guidance”  recommends that all traffic calming measures must be placed outside the bus-stop cages. For this reason, the cushions are proposed to be relocated outside the bus cage.

4.      Can a diagram be provided of where exactly this movement of cushions will now be?

Please find attached drawing for information

SF 15/12 – unfortunately the diagram was not provided with the email, could this please be sent.

5.      How much will it cost to make this movement of cushions?

It will cost around two £2500.

6. I have used this bus stop for years which leads to the question what was the reason for the bus stop being moved in the first place?

It has been observed that many pedestrians including children cross this road between stationary buses. For this reason, The bus stop is moved to improve the safety for the pedestrians.

SF 15/12 – discussing this point with my wife we are both not clear on this reason in terms, of how moving the bus stop mitigates people crossing the road between buses as this has en with the bus having been moved. The bus stop now is opposite the entrance of Foxcombe Rd which would seem a worse place to have the bus stop as the previous location was not directly in front of Hyacinth Road.

6.      Can the deadline please be extended from the 9th December as it has taken a week to receive contact details (and it hoped this is the correct contact details)?

The dead line is extended to the 23rd of December.

7.      How much did it cost to move the bus stop?

Transport for London manages bus stop shelters and they use their  contractors for bus stop shelter works.

I hope these information responds to your queries.

Sent: 06 December 2016 18:37
To: Council
Subject: Alton Rd traffic calming measures

Thank you for the email.

An email was sent to [name removed] prior to this email as this was where I was pointed to. You might wish to him know that we are corresponding.

The questions regarding this are:

1. The posters state a date of June, though they look new and I walk past this area all the time and take the bus from here. The question is when were these posters put up?

2. Why do the posters not contain a phone number or email address so that residents can contact someone from the Council?

3. How did this request to move the cushions originate?

4. Can a diagram be provided of where exactly this movement of cushions will now be?

5. How much will it cost to make this movement of cushions?

6. I have used this bus stop for years which leads to the question what was the reason for the bus stop being moved in the first place?

7. Can the deadline please be extended from the 9th December as it has taken a week to receive contact details (and it hoped this is the correct contact details)?

8. How much did it cost to move the bus stop?

From: Council
Date: 6 December 2016 at 14:22:45 GMT
Subject: FW: Alton Rd traffic calming measures

Thank you very much for your recent email to Mr Booth regarding the Alton Road Notice.

The consultation notice is for the relocation of three speed cushions from the bus stop to a place 14m to the east of the bus cage.

To: Council

Sent: Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 8:38

Subject: Alton Rd traffic calming measures

I am emailing you with regards to the attached poster as I have various questions to ask on behalf of our resident association which I hope you can assist with.

The questions are.

1. The posters state a date of June, though they look new and I walk past this area all the time and take the bus from here. The question is when were these posters put up?

2. Why do the posters not contain a phone number or email address so that residents can contact someone from the Council?

3. How did this request to move the cushions originate?

4. Can a diagram be provided of where exactly this movement of cushions will now be?

5. How much will it cost to make this movement of cushions?

6. I have used this bus stop for years which leads to the question what was the reason for the bus stop being moved in the first place?

7. Can the deadline please be extended from the 9th December as it has taken a week to receive contact details (and it hoped this is the correct contact details)?

8. How much did it cost to move the bus stop?

Look forward to your response.

From: Council
Sent: Monday, 5 December 2016, 10:22
Subject: RE: Alton Rd traffic calming measures

I would recommend  contacting [Name removed] the Senior Parking Policy Officer. I was under the impression he was due to give you the details of an officer who could help you with this issue.

He can be contacted at [email removed].

Sent: 05 December 2016 07:53
To: Council
Subject: Alton Rd traffic calming measures

Given that the deadline is only in a few days could you please assist with providing us with an email contact relating to the attached?

Date: 29 November 2016 at 06:37:47 GMT
To: Council
Subject: Alton Rd traffic calming measures

I have only just seen this poster near the bus stop on Alton Road by Foxcombe Road.

Are you able to provide us with the email of someone we could ask some questions of please?

This poster, for whatever reason, only allows for snail mail correspondence.

Feedback in this is requested by December 9th so your urgent assistance would be appreciated.

The below picture shows where the installation will be located.

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