Central Road traffic lights

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


News that traffic light phasing in the notoriously congested Central Road, Worcester Park, is scheduled to take place in February 2010 is welcome - will the Mayor of London use his influence to speed up this much-needed work?


Answer for Central Road traffic lights

Answer for Central Road traffic lights

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you know, TfL had been delayed in starting the work to install SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique) detectors in the road surface, which will enable four junctions on Central Road to be linked. This is because further civil engineering works by the London Borough of Sutton were necessary before the detectors could be installed and these were unable to commence until Southern Gas Networks had completed their substantial road works in the area. The Southern Gas works are now complete and the London Borough of Sutton has also completed their own civil works.

BT are expected to provide a new line by the end of December and TfL will link the junctions by early January 2010. It will then take a further six weeks to assess the traffic signal data from the sites and fine tune the timings to achieve maximum efficiency. This 'validation' of the SCOOT system should be completed by mid to late February. These are important and necessary steps which cannot be hastened if TfL is to maximise the benefit to all road users from the introduction of SCOOT at this location.