The roads and byways of Cheam historically have provided motorists with rat-runs causing congestion and a danger to school-children crossing busy roads. Our remit was to provide speed reduction facilities to try and kerb this nuisance to local residents. Speed tables, speed humps, and mini-roundabouts were installed in key locations throughout the area.
A number of junctions in the North Cheam area were identified as in need of improvement. Key stakeholders including engineers, residents’ associations, schools, emergency services, and working groups were consulted in the weeks prior to the works. These groups identified a series of issues which would need to be mitigated before commencement of the works such as health & safety of school children and residents, how best to manage the traffic during the works, how best to locate services and any contingent plans for hospitals etc, what were the lines of communication open to the stakeholders, what design was most practical and what materials were best suited to this location.
The feedback received from stakeholders was included in the final designs and plans which were approved by the local authority shortly before works commenced.
Before works commenced, our health & safety manager, the CDM coordinator, the project manager, and the engineer met onsite to discuss the programme of works. Once the programme was agreed each stakeholder signed off the project with a view to meeting regularly throughout the works. The works commenced on schedule. Where possible, we used our own resources and limited the use of subcontractors. The total project took 10 weeks to complete. If variation orders were issued these were fed back to the programme director and quantity surveyor for a possible reallocation of resources. With the help of our CDM coordinator, we located the services of statutory undertakers.
Where necessary, we made provision for their adjustment / repair or simply noted them for future reference. As the project progressed, changes to the plans were noted and recorded in the final plans held with the local authority.
The works were completed within the time scale allotted. Before we left site, we met with the various stakeholders associated with the project to resolve any issues and ask for sign-off. Feedback to our projects is always welcome – that is one of the ways that helps to improve our service. The feedback so far has been positive. The improvements have helped traffic flow in the area more efficiently whilst at the same time has reduced speeding.
The local authority will closely monitor progress over the coming months to ensure that the improvements continue to reduce speed.