Molesey Road has now re-opened!
The massive hole is slowly being filled in!
And the latest information is that Molesey Road should be re-opened in 2 or 3 days.
An eagle eyed Hersham Hub Facebook Group member spotted a sign on the Hersham Bypass reporting that Molesey Road will now be closed outside Hersham Library till the 29th of November!
A further update was provided by Thames Water earlier this afternoon:
“Our works started on 7th November, these works have involved the use of tankers to help manage high-water flow levels, due to these high levels the tankers have been running 24/7.
Currently we are undertaking a complex deep excavation to repair our foul water line. This will mostly be hand dug due to finding a gas line that sits directly above our asset.
To carry out these works safely and efficiently, a road closure has been put in place with a diversion around the impacted area. This work is essential to keep customers in the area safe and maintain your waste water services.
We are estimating that works will be completed by Monday 18th November.”
If you have any concerns you can contact Thames Water on 0800 316 9800 quoting work reference number : 0081 09GPGX / BB973263
We spoke to Thames Water earlier today to get a status update on the essential, emergency works currently ongoing on Molesey Road – here is the update
“The work we’re doing in Hersham is to repair a broken sewer pipe which is four metres below ground. The team are working 24/7 on this job and, while we currently don’t have a clear picture of how long it will take to complete, we expect it to be days rather than weeks. In the meantime we’re using a fleet of 15 tankers in and around Hersham to collect the wastewater that normally flows through the damaged pipe and take it away for treatment to ensure there’s no flooding to properties or the environment. We’re sorry for any disruption our work is causing for drivers and residents.”
Some of you living along the southern end of Molesey Road would have been woken up early this morning by the rumbling of heavy duty vehicle engines.
But this wasn’t the usual Thursday morning rubbish collection but a fleet of tankers recovering flood water from the road from the Hersham Kebab Centre right down to Hersham Library.
The extraction tankers have since taken up residence in The Barley Mow carpark a
Letter delivered to residents by Thames Water:
“As you may be aware, we are in the process of carrying out essential works on our asset, which is in Molesey Road nearby to your property. In order to protect local properties and the environment from pollution and flooding we will be using tankers to help manage flows.
Our works have started on 7 November, which involves the use of tankers to help manage the flows of water. Our tankers shall operate during daytime hours, depending on circumstances this may run for the duration of works 24/7.
Due to the complexity of the works; we cannot give an exact timescale at this stage.
In the meantime, we’re very sorry for any inconvenience. We’ll work as quickly as possible while doing our best to keep disruption to a minimum. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we undertake this essential work.”
To find out more from Thames Water you can call 0800 316 9800, quote your address and the reference 0081 09GPGX / B8973263
WE spoke with the Thames Water representative onsite and they expect the works to last for 2 weeks.
Access to Hersham Library is available both on foot and by car.
There is no right turn from Hersham Road in the direction of Hersham Library.
There is no access to Molesey Road from The Barley Mow roundabout.
There is no access to The Barley Mow roundabout from Molesey Road.
So having had the entire school holidays to schedule these gas works it now looks like they will start the week before the local schools go back and will last for 3 weeks – with a significant diversion in place.
UPDATE : It looks like it has been scheduled this way to start when the current gas works and road closures at the Queens Road roundabout reopen : https://hersham.life/sgn-gasworks-queens-road-hersham-area-for-15-weeks/
Back at the beginning of April we published details of gas works due to start during the Easter School holidays.
These works were postponed because of the ongoing incident with the local sewage works.
The planned gas works were then re-scheduled to start on Monday the 28th May but again were postponed.
It now looks like these gas works will start the day after tomorrow, Wednesday the 29th August, and last for 3 weeks.
I haven’t been able to find any additional information on the Surrey County Council website so am making an assumption that the diversion will be the same as was publishde for the originally scheduled works back in April.
Original Statement from Surrey County Council (again I am making the assumption these details are the same).
“SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Molesey Road (C152), Hersham that extends from its junction with Hersham By-Pass (A244) to its junction with the access to “Hersham Place Technology Park”.
This Traffic Order is required to enable Forefront Utilities to carry out gas mains diversionary works.
These works are anticipated to be carried out within two weeks of the twelve month period of operation of this Temporary Order that commences on 28th May 2018. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access for pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians, emergency services, residents and businesses will be maintained at all times.
The diversion route for vehicular traffic will be Molesey Road, Queens Road and Hersham By-Pass.”
It appears that the first section of Molesey Road on the Cinnamon/Full Moon side of the roundabout is to be closed to traffic on the Lidl side only for 2 weeks – initially it looks like from Easter Monday 2nd April onwards and we suspect this is for gas installations for Lidl site, flats etc.
Our interpretation is it will impact southbound traffic going across The Barley Mow roundabout in the direction towards Waitrose for the stretch of road from the roundabout to the AIR building entrance/exit.
There will be no right turn at the roundabout approaching from the bypass, no access straight ahead coming from Molesey Road past the library and no access turning left coming up from Esher Road.
The closed road section is marked in red below.
We’ve highlighted the singe lane road closure section by the red block, and what we understand the diversion route to be.
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