Teddington roundabout plans get go ahead, despite society's objections (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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Teddington roundabout plans get go ahead, despite society's objections
Controversial plans for a Teddington roundabout have driven a community group round the bend.
Richmond Council’s plans to convert the two lane High Street approach to the Waldegrave Road roundabout into a single lane were given the go ahead this week.
The authority said the new layout would reduce the number of crashes involving cyclists but the Teddington Society criticised the changes as more confusing and less safe.
The society said thousands of people were unaware of the proposals as the council’s consultation only included properties in the immediate area and plans were not published on the authority’s website.
Brian Holder the leader of the society’s roads and transport group said the group were seriously considering requesting a review of the decision.
He said: “We are unhappy with the decision.
“I think there will be come accidents and they will have to review the design again.
“They have just not listened to local people. We are unhappy with the number of people consulted.
“They should have made more effort to consult more people so that everyone has a chance to comment.”
The current road layout was put in place in 2002 to improve cycle and pedestrian safety.
Mr Holder said in the past 10 years there had been no accidents for cyclists turning right or left out of Waldegrave Road, which he said was a tribute to the fundamental soundness of the design.
A Richmond Cycling Campaign spokesman said they were broadly happy with the council’s proposals, because it is national policy to have single lane entry to mini-roundabouts.
However, they raised concerns about the off-road cycle tracks, said the paths required for buses precludes an ideal design and agreed the consultation should have been wider and more transparent.
A council spokesman said it was standard practice to consult residents and businesses directly affected by the scheme but admitted incomplete IT work meant the consultation was not put online.
The spokesman said: “The council is moving towards using the Richmond Council website for large consultations and in the future all such schemes will be on the web for comment.”