Cllr Bamford campaigns with Caroline Pidgeon on Chessington transport problems

Cllr Tricia Bamford of Chessington South ward has met with Caroline Pidgeon, the Vice Chair of the London Assembly’s Transport Group to discuss problems affecting the A243 Hook Road - Leatherhead Road.

At the request of South of the Borough Liberal Democrat councillors, Cllr Bamford invited Caroline Pidgeon to look at issues on the A243. Tackling issues affecting this busy road are also a key component of the South of the Borough Neighbourhood Community Plan.

The A243 is the link between the M25 and the A3. It is heavily trafficked creating a number of problems including poor air quality and congestion.

Caroline Pidgeon said she will be pressing Transport for London (TfL) to make improvements including:

  • The need for pedestrian phases on the A243 by Merritt Gardens to help the local schools and health centre, as well as by the Hook Centre further down
  • The need for more signage and road markings at the Bridge Road roundabout (pictured) where traffic congestion is increasing and there are problems with vehicles not getting into the correct lane
  • The future plans for the Malden Rushett junction which have been drawn up and consulted on, but will need to be phased in over a number of years due to funding issues

Cllr Bamford said: “I was very pleased to speak with Caroline about the serious infrastructure problems affecting the A243. Over the years issues on this road have dominated the local area.

“Although TfL are facing reductions in funding and budget constraints, they have confirmed the strong business case for Malden Rushett crossroads.

“Chessington councillors will continue to fight for improvements on the A243.”

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