Merton Council is due to start reconstructing Kingston Road, in the section between Mostyn and Kirkley Road, following years or wear and tear. The work will be carried out in weekends, starting on Saturday 11 October, and will cause some local traffic disruptions. Transport for London is funding the work.
As Kingston Road is fairly narrow, it will be necessary to close the section of the road while works are in process, which will take place over approximately five weekends, three in Section 1 between Mostyn Road and Hartfield Road, and two weekends in Section 2 between Hartifield Road and Gladstone Road.
Work will be carried out between 7am Saturday morning until 7pm Sunday evening. Work will not take place between 9pm Saturday evening until 9am Sunday morning. The weekend time periods, rather than daily off-peak or night work, ensure that work can be completed in the shortest time possible. However it is possible that delays could occur due to problems with poor weather, ground conditions and underground services. Work that can be carried out with the road open will be undertaken Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm.
The road will be closed in two sections – Mostyn Road to Hartfield Road; and Hartfield Road to Gladstone Road. As Kingston Road widens out after Gladstone Road, this section will be reconstructed last without closing the road. Only one section will be closed at a time, and access to Hartfield Road will be maintained.
Traffic will be diverted via Martin Way, Crown Lane, London Road and Morden Road. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, but due to the depth of excavation that is involved in the works, vehicular access to properties will be restricted when the adjacent section of road is being reconstructed. Residents living in the affected section who want to use their vehicles are therefore asked to park on side roads. Controlled Parking zones west of the level crossing do not apply at the weekend.
Bus routes will also be affected; routes 163, 162 and 152 will go straight from Raynes Park to Wimbledon along Worple Road.
Councillor Russell Makin said, “I want to take this opportunity to apologise to local residents about the disruptions these reconstruction-works might cause. If anyone believes that the work will cause significant access problems to them, do not hesitate to contact the Council immediately so that we have time to try to agree on a solution.”
For further information or to voice concerns, please contact Jason Russell on 020 8545 3259.