Twickenham town centre works reach first anniversary

Men at work: London Road has re-opened

Men at work: London Road has re-opened

First published in News Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Multimillion pound improvements to Twickenham town centre have reached an important milestone a year after work commenced.

Richmond Council thanked people for their patience after London Road was closed at the junction with King Street and York Street, causing traffic congestion in the town centre.

The works at the junction, part of the Twickenham Rediscovered project, were completed this week and road closures lifted.

The council said this part of the work was an "important landmark in the project" and will help ease traffic congestion and improve the environment for pedestrians.

Councillor Stephen Speak, cabinet member for highways, said: "Twickenham Rediscovered is really coming together and the town centre will be a much better place to visit, shop and work.

"The patience and understanding of our residents has been outstanding.

"We ask for their continued forbearance as we progress to the next stages of the work in London Road, King Street and York Street."

The next stage of the works include improvements of pavements and installation of cycle lanes in London Road, new seating in King Street, a new crossing in King Street by the George pub and improvements to roads and pavements in Church Street.

The project is due for completion in summer 2015, ahead of the Rugby World Cup in the autumn.

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2:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Twotonted says...

More 'doublespeak' from our councillors on this dubious scheme! The works started on June 10th 2013. All the notices around Twickenham have this date, as does the councils own website. Work is due to last 18 months so should finish by December 2014. Is it running so late that it will now be summer 2015 or even later - probably - judging the large areas still to be done.
As for easing congestion - Councillor Doublespeak clearly never visits Twickenham to see the massive tailbacks that now occur on all the approach roads. As for other 'improvements', does he mean the loss of the bus interchange, or the long distance between bus stops which is now 50% greater than the TfL recommended distance.
More 'doublespeak' from our councillors on this dubious scheme! The works started on June 10th 2013. All the notices around Twickenham have this date, as does the councils own website. Work is due to last 18 months so should finish by December 2014. Is it running so late that it will now be summer 2015 or even later - probably - judging the large areas still to be done. As for easing congestion - Councillor Doublespeak clearly never visits Twickenham to see the massive tailbacks that now occur on all the approach roads. As for other 'improvements', does he mean the loss of the bus interchange, or the long distance between bus stops which is now 50% greater than the TfL recommended distance. Twotonted
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5:54pm Mon 1 Sep 14

twickeman says...

Hmmm...Cllr Doublespeak has taking over seemlessly from Cllr Harrison's stream of TWAP bullshyte.
Maybe he can explain how road narrowing and obstructive bus stops will reduce congestion.
If he'd actually visited Twickenham he'd have realised we already have cycle lanes on London Road.
Just one more year of road chaos to go before RWC2015, after which we can expect further works to solve the worsened congestion the new layout had caused!
Hmmm...Cllr Doublespeak has taking over seemlessly from Cllr Harrison's stream of TWAP bullshyte. Maybe he can explain how road narrowing and obstructive bus stops will reduce congestion. If he'd actually visited Twickenham he'd have realised we already have cycle lanes on London Road. Just one more year of road chaos to go before RWC2015, after which we can expect further works to solve the worsened congestion the new layout had caused! twickeman
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